It was also mentioned by Ferguson that he was offered a chance to fight McGregor, but Conor turned the fight down.
White added: "Conor is saying "maybe I'll come back in August, maybe I'll come back in September", but that's nearly two years [since he won the title]". Conor McGregor now holds that honor and White has hinted at possible stripping him of the title if he's not back by September.
A weird scene unfolded in Boston on Friday at a press conference to greet the main event fighters from UFC 223 as interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson will face Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 7 in Brooklyn.
"Did I say he [McGregor] has been stripped of the title?"
GETTYDarren Till respects Conor McGregor's achievements but believes he should be stripped of his title
During Celtic's 5-0 win over Astana at Parkhead a year ago, supporters unveiled a banner borrowing one of McGregor's slogans - "We're not here to take part, we're here to take over". That's not fair to the rest of the guys in the division.
White said he's heard speculation that McGregor might not be ready to return to a UFC fight in September after earning more than $100 million for his August novelty boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
During a radio appearance this week, UFC president Dana White confirmed a huge fight for UFC 223 in April later this year, and it could have big implications on a certain division in the promotion.
"I take so much s*** for how much I like Conor McGregor and everything else, but the division has to go on". "I think it would be a little bit like the Eddie Alvarez fight, and he was stopped in the second". They're going to fight for the title.
"It undisputed, I said it would be", White said. "If and when Conor comes back, he will get the first crack at the title".