Deadly Irish gangland threat to UFC star Conor McGregor

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Since McGregor's box-office blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August, White has been alternately confident and cautiously optimistic about the prospect of seeing the Irish star back in the octagon.

McGregor remains the UFC's biggest asset and is never far from the headlines. Fighting is the worst - try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you have $100 million in the bank.

Jose Aldo and Tony Ferguson have both been vocal about wanting the UFC to put pressure on McGregor to either defend his title or vacate because it's been nearly two years since he knocked Aldo out for the featherweight championship.

'Listen, Conor McGregor may never fight again, ' White told Yahoo Sports.

Association of Boxing Commissions reacted to the incident by blocking plans for McGregor to fight at UFC 219 in Las Vegas next month.

One thing that's for certain, however, is that White isn't bending when it comes to McGregor's constant demand that UFC make him part owner.

"I have to say about this, and I'm wearing my old, veteran crime reporter hat". Previously, White's said he would even entertain the idea of an ownership stake for McGregor.

"We need to figure that out".

"He's got a new nutritionist and is having way less problems with his weight now, he is in the 170s now".

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The UFC needs McGregor more than McGregor needs the UFC at this point, and he knows this.

"He was being dealt with by the head of the ABC", White said. "He can do this but why I not?' This is why sometimes you have to follow rules when you're a big name, because a lot of people are watching you".

"If Conor wants to fight again, absolutely we want Conor to come fight".

"He's a young, rich kid who is a god in Ireland", White said. These guys make money and that's it.

Tony Ferguson won the interim title at UFC 216 by scoring a submission win over Kevin Lee with a triangle choke in the third round.

White attempted to explain the recent questionable behaviour, and believes that his large entourage - to which he referred to as "cling-ons" - does not help give him the right circumstances for which to focus on his fighting career.

"Ferguson has no business to talk about anything", White stated.

Irish police said they aren't investigating because "there is no report on this matter and no complaint from any injured parties, patrons of the pub or the pub itself and no statements were taken", according to an Irish police spokesman.

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