Is Conor McGregor's UFC Career Over? Dana White Says He 'Might Never Fight Again'

UFC boss Dana White has suggested Conor McGregor "might never fight again" in the sport after being paid a reported $100 million to box Floyd Mayweather Jr earlier this year.

The UFC is currently trying to negotiate a new deal with McGregor, the Irishman who has shot to fame and become the poster boy of the sport over the past few years.

But the box office Dubliner, who is known as 'The Notorious', has not been in the Octagon since November 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, and White hinted it may turn out to be his last appearance in the sport.

"Conor might never fight again—the guy's got $100 million," White said at the UFC's Las Vegas headquarters, as quoted by the BBC. "I've got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working."

"Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you've got $100 million in the bank," he said. "Money changes everything with a lot of people."

McGregor became one of the wealthiest sportsmen in the world after he entered the boxing ring with American Mayweather in August at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather, who came out of retirement for the fight, extended his undefeated record to 50-0 with a technical knockout in the 10th round.

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Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 26. Mayweather extended his unbeaten record by technical knockout in the 10th round. Christian Petersen/Getty

White also believes McGregor's entourage has had an affect on him as he has been thrust onto the world's stage.

"He's a young, rich kid who is a god in Ireland. That's not the healthiest environment either," White said. "When he travels, he's got people for days with him. When you make that kind of money, you're that famous and you're a professional athlete, you're gonna have an overload of cling-ons."

If McGregor, 29, were ever to return to the ring, it would likely be to face interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson. Ferguson won the belt at UFC 216 in October by beating Kevin Lee after McGregor vacated the belt.

But White says the most important thing for the UFC right now is to get McGregor back into the sport. "We've got to work out this new deal," he said.

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Conor McGregor at SSE Arena, London, England, July 14. McGregor earned a reported $100 million from boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August. Matthew Lewis/Getty