Dana White Gives Update on Conor McGregor UFC Return at UFC 223 Presser

Dana White Gives Update on Conor McGregor UFC Return at UFC 223 Presser

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Conor McGregor’s absence from the UFC lightweight title picture alongside the uncertain futures of interim champion Tony Ferguson and top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov caused the lightweight division to get jammed at the top.

UFC President Dana White provided some clarity Wednesday while speaking at the UFC 223 pre-fight press conference.

“Conor McGregor is 100 percent coming back this year,” he said. “He will fight this year. And we’ll see how thing plays out, and we’ll go from there.”

Saturday’s Nurmagomedov vs. Holloway bout will determine the new lightweight champion.Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

The lightweight title has been in limbo since UFC 205, when McGregor captured the belt in dramatic fashion with a knockout win over Eddie Alvarez. That extraordinary moment ultimately plunged the divis

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