UFC’s Dana White Says Ferguson-Khabib Winner Will Be ‘undisputed champion’

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UFC President Dana White is not waiting around for current lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

White said a lightweight matchup between interim champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, which is scheduled for UFC 223 on April 7th in Brooklyn, New York, would be for the “undisputed” title.

Ferguson (23-3) is on a 10-fight win streak, the longest in UFC history while Nurmagomedov (25-0) is a perfect 9-0 inside the Octagon.

“I have no update [on McGregor],” White said. “The winner of this fight will be the champion.

“Right now, Conor is saying, ‘Maybe I’ll come back in August, maybe September.’ That’s almost two years. It’s not fair to the rest of the guys in the division. These guys have been going on, fighting in their careers. Everybody wants to get to that pinnacle.”

When pressed for further clarification of UFC’s plans, White told media, “You will see what happens, relax.”

“They offered me Conor, but Conor didn’t want to fight,” said Ferguson. “I want to fight people that actually want to fight. I’m not going to beg someone to fight.

“This is the real belt. I’ve fought 10 times. You guys all watched them. If not, you’re a casual. Go watch my fights and you’ll see exactly why I have this belt. I am the champ. Conor McNuggets is nothing. I’m defending my belt.”