The UFC is not waiting for Conor McGregor to return because there is no way to know if he will return or when he will return.
The UFC lightweight title will be in play again in New York City, this time without the Irishman who won it here more than a year ago.
UFC President Dana White does not know if we will see McGregor, who defeated Eddie Alvarez for the belt at Madison Square Garden in November 2016, in the octagon again. McGregor has not fought at all since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his boxing debut in August.
"I do not know," White told the AP about McGregor's condition before UFC 220 in Boston on Saturday night. "I do not wait for anyone." I run my business, I keep rolling and that's it. The child has $ 100 million. Who knows, maybe I'll never fight again. "
The company announced on Friday that Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the interim lightweight title in the main event at UFC 223 on April 3 at the Barclays Center. Namajunas will also defend her straw-weight female belt in a rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk of UFC 217. McGregor is in line to fight the main event winner if she decides to return.
"We can not tie the title for two years, no matter how much I love the boy," White said of McGregor. "We'll let Tony Ferguson and Khabib fight for the title and then Conor will obviously be the first to come back and have a chance with any of them. "
White has other potential matches in mind, but that does not include a rematch of McGregor-Mayweather boxing, he was not happy with the way he f They went to Showtime during the first shift, calling Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza "a weasel." However, he is open to Mayweather joining the UFC – under one condition.  "If Floyd wants to fight in the octagon and get out of his Showtime contract, let's do it," White said. "I think that's the only way people would care this time, do you know how many people want to see that guy bang his face with a quill?"
While MMA's attempt by Mayweather is still a fantasy White said he would give another chance to former WWE star CM Punk in his dream of being a combatant cage. He does not have an appointment or an opponent in mind, but he is "working on that."
The 39-year-old punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, was ejected at 2:14 by Mickey Gall in his UFC to debut in September 2016. White sees Punk's case as completely different from "most beings normal humans. "
"I like that guy, he's a good guy," White said. "He wants one more, he wants another chance, I'll give it to him."
Another shot in the UFC is exactly what White thinks the current WWE star Brock Lesnar will take, but believes that Ronda Rousey, the former UFC bantamweight champion, will not try another MMA fight. Lesnar probably still has a bad taste in his mouth about what he would like to get rid of.
Former UFC heavyweight champion and current holder of the WWE Universal returned to MMA for UFC 200 in July 2016 to beat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision. It was changed to a no-contest after Lesnar failed the doping test and received a one-year suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission. He can return once the prohibition ends.
"I think it will give you one more race," White said. "I think Brock loves to fight"