Dana White has revealed that Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has no plans to return to the sport anytime soon, according to a report on the Express.

It has almost been 16 months since the 29-year-old last fought in the MMA when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to claim the lightweight title.

McGregor created history that night as he became the first fighter to hold two titles at the same time, but he has no intention of defending them at the moment.

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There has been much speculation that McGregor will have a rematch with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, but with MMA rules. But, the chances of that happening at the moment are extremely unlikely.

Due to his lengthy absence, the UFC introduced an interim lightweight title, which has been won by Tony Ferguson and a potential matchup between the two to decide who is the champion could be on the cards for White.

He said:

It was August and then September [for his return]. I say it all the time, with that kind of money, Conor might never come back. It’s a lot of money.

Conor does want the belt, he does want to be the champion, but he doesn’t want to defend it.

I’d love to see him fight the winner of Ferguson-Khabib next.

White has also confirmed that he intends to strip McGregor of his lightweight title before UFC 223 so that other fighters such as Ferguson get a deserved chance to claim the title.

Also, that could serve as motivation for McGregor to return to the Octagon to face one of his rivals to reclaim his title.