Unsurprisingly, UFC president Dana White was forced to weather a bombardment of Conor McGregor related questions at the UFC 200 press conference in Las Vegas on Friday night.
Many of those questions surrounded the possibility of McGregor being reinstated to the July card but after White had made it abundantly clear that the company was not ready to bend to the Irishman’s will, talk eventually turned to an alternative timeline for the featherweight champion’s return.
Though it would mean an extended period on the sidelines, many assumed that McGregor would be reassigned to the UFC’s debut card in New York, scheduled for November.
It seemed like a fair assumption.
That event is set to be an absolute monster and an ideal stage for the promotion’s undoubted star. There is also the fact that the east coast is more easily accessible to McGregor’s loyal legion of travelling supporters, not to mention the large Irish-American community that he could rally in NYC.
White, however, revealed that the company has other plans for “The Notorious”.
“No, Conor probably wouldn’t fight in New York either,” said White, in response to a question from Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. Instead, White suggested that McGregor would fight the winner of the UFC 200 interim featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar at an earlier date.
“He will probably fight, depending on what happens to those two and how they come of of this fight, on [UFC]202 or something like that”.
The exact date and location for UFC 202 is not yet known, but according to a recent article published by BloodyElbow the show is expected to take place in September.