Following UFC 202, Dana White spoke with the media and stated that following his majority decision win over Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor must go defend his featherweight championship against interim champion Jose Aldo, or else they’ll take the belt from him.
White, has now reversed his stance and now it seems whatever McGregor’s decision is next, it seems like they may not take the belt from him:
“He’s not gonna get stripped,” White said to NBC Sports Radio. “He’s gonna make a decision. He knows that the Nate Diaz fight isn’t the fight to make right now. He has to either defend his title or give it up and decide what he wants to do next.”
“Think about this, Pacquiao-Mayweather, the build up for that fight, everything else. That fight didn’t live up to the hype and I think, more importantly, it left a really bad taste in people’s mouths. I don’t think that was the case for Diaz-McGregor. With the amount of people that were pulled in to watch that fight, everybody left satisfied and those are the kind of fights that make you want to come back and watch again.”
Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com is estimating that UFC 202 sold between 1.2 and 1.5 million pay-per-view buys, making it one of the three biggest events in UFC history.