UFC president Dana White will have a face-to-face conversation next week with Conor McGregor following his arrest for attacking a bus carrying fighters out of an April pre-fight press event in Brooklyn. "He and I are meeting on the 18th of this month," White told TMZ Sports. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the two plan to meet in Las Vegas to determine his next bout. The last time McGregor competed in a UFC match was in November 2016 where he won by TKO over Eddie Alvarez.
"Conor and I are going to meet in Las Vegas," White remarked. "I'm pretty confident [a lightweight title fight] is a fight that Conor wants, and I'm pretty confident that is a fight Khabib wants. So yeah, I could see that happening." Khabib Nurmagomedov won the UFC lightweight championship, vacated by McGregor due to inactivity, at UFC 223 in April after defeating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision. He currently has a record of 26-0.
Of course, everything can change depending on what happens when McGregor appears in court on Thursday. The Notorious was charged with three counts of assault, and one count of criminal mischief for the bus attack. White maintains that he has had no involvement in how the legal proceedings in McGregor’s case have played out, adding, "Whatever happens tomorrow, I will be as shocked as you." TMZ Sports reports that Conor’s team is trying to work out a plea deal. McGregor is facing up to seven years in prison.