Dana White has made a rather questionable defence of Conor McGregor for never defending his UFC titles.
It has now been over a year since Conor McGregor last set foot in the octagon and, given the fact that the lightweight champion has yet to book a title defence while an interim champion lies in wait, many fans have begun to demand that the Irishman be stripped of his 155 lbs crown.
However, UFC President Dana White has slammed those who have questioned McGregor for never defending his titles claiming that even suggesting he should be stripped simply proves that you’re a ‘Conor hater’.
“For people to suggest that, you’re just a Conor hater,” White said speaking to ESPN. “Because if you look at how everything played out, Conor has fought everybody. When he won the 155-pound belt, he dropped the 145-pound belt, which we made him do. He tried not to do it, but he contractually had to let go of the 145-pound belt.”
“He became the 155-pound champion, and his next fight was against Floyd Mayweather. He has to defend the title now. So, how has he never defended the title?”
White went on to state that it wasn’t McGregor’s fault that Rafael Dos Anjos was injured in the build-up to UFC 196 even though that fight wouldn’t have been a title defence either while he also bizarrely referenced the fact that the ‘Notorious’ beat a 21-year-old Max Holloway back in 2013.
“There’s some f—ing exaggeration in saying the guy’s never defended a title,” White said. “He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds. He fought [Chad] Mendes, [Dustin] Poirier. He beat Max Holloway, the only guy to beat Max Holloway in four years.
“It wasn’t Conor’s fault [dos Anjos] got hurt. It is Conor’s fault he did Mayweather, but we decided to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a f—. And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport.”