Dana White: UFC Will Move On With Or Without Conor McGregor

Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Conor McGregor is undoubtedly the biggest star under the UFC banner. That said, the promotion is ready to keep moving forward with or without the "Notorious" one.

Those were the words offered by UFC President Dana White when asked about McGregor's future during an interview on Fox Sports' "Undisputed" (h/t Jesse Holland). White doubled down on the claim 2017 was the biggest year in the promotion's history, and building new stars when established stars exit the sport is just part of the business.

“If Conor McGregor fights next year, that’ll be awesome," White said. "If Conor McGregor doesn’t fight, the UFC is going to go on. I’ve been hearing this since 2003. ‘What are you going to do when Chuck Liddell’s gone? What are you going to do when Georges St-Pierre leaves? You’re in big trouble when Anderson Silva’s gone!' The list goes on and on. Ronda Rousey. Last year was the best in the company’s history. So we’re going to keep finding new talent and putting on the best fights in the world. That’s what we’re going to continue to do, with or without anybody.”

McGregor did not step foot inside the Octagon in 2017, as his only showing under the lights came in a highly publicized super fight with boxing great Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26. The Irishman was defeated in the 10th round of the contest but managed to pull down one of the biggest paydays in the history of combat sports.

And while McGregor has suggested he'll return to the UFC to defend his lightweight title, there has yet to be any definitive movement in his camp toward an actual fight.

Ricco Rodriguez, Felony Bennett, More Live At CamSoda Legends

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

It's a glorious time to be alive, friends. CamSoda Legends streams some MMA ruckus featuring Ricco Rodriguez, "Felony" Charles Bennett, Alex Nicholson, Matt Wagy, and more live and free from Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Thursday, April 26. 

Kevin Lee On Khabib Nurmagomedov: 'I Got That Boy's Number'

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is undefeated and seemingly untouchable—but Kevin Lee remains unfazed. 

Michael Chandler Talks Upcoming Free Agency, UFC Potential

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

By Damon Martin

Michael Chandler has a very important decision to make in the near future.

Mindset Monday: How Kevin Lee Went From Stanky Leg To Smash Mode

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

By Mindset Mike for FloCombat

Everyone will likely remember two things about the Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee fight at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, NJ, on Saturday night: Lee missing weight and the vicious spinning kick from Barboza that went viral. 

UFC Fight Night 128 Results, Recap: Kevin Lee Dominates In Atlantic City

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

By Josh Sanchez

Antonina Shevchenko Defends Title At Lion Fight 42

Instagram @antonina_muaythai

The Shevchenko sisters ain't nothin' to fu*k with. 

UFC 224: Brian Kelleher Eyes Dominick Cruz After John Lineker

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

By Daniel Vreeland

The UFC’s bantamweight division has been tough to get a read on lately. 

UFC Atlantic City Hype: Kevin Lee Sleeps Magomed Mustafaev

Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Don't let Kevin Lee take your back. 

Dustin Poirier: 'I Think I Match Up Well' vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

By Damon Martin

Dustin Poirier has never backed down from a challenge.

That's why, following his UFC on Fox 29 slugfest with Justin Gaethje that ended in a fourth-round knockout this past Saturday, Poirier immediately turned his attention to a title shot against newly crowned lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

From 23 Foster Homes To UFC Gold: Justin Willis Ready For Anything

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Willis knows he's different. It's a fact he's learned to embrace and to cherish.