Conor McGregor denied chance to defend his UFC lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov because Dana White doesn’t think he could ‘make weight in six days’

CONOR McGREGOR did NOT get the chance to stage a miracle six-day turnaround and defend his UFC title.

Dana White confirmed there would be no chance the Irishman, 29, would make weight in less than a week after Tony Ferguson's withdrawal from UFC 223 after damaging knee ligaments.

 Conor McGregor has been enjoying some down-time in Dublin

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Conor McGregor has been enjoying some down-time in Dublin

The lightweight fight at the Brooklyn event has been eagerly anticipated and Khabib Nurmagomedov now faces Max Holloway inside the Octagon.

But UFC supremo White said McGregor, while deserving first refusal to step in on the bout, wouldn't be able to drop weight in time.

He said: "I don’t think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days’ notice. That’s a tough weight cut for him.

"And Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter.

 Dana White played down talk of Conor McGregor returning to the Octagon at six days' notice

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Dana White played down talk of Conor McGregor returning to the Octagon at six days' notice

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"He’s a guy I want to make a fight with and have the right amount of time to promote the fight.

"I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys."

McGregor is pencilled in for a return to UFC in September, after last year's blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

But he will return to the Octagon after nearly two YEARS out of the sport, following his win over Eddie Alvarez in New York in November 2016.

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CONOR McGREGOR did NOT get the chance to stage a miracle six-day turnaround and defend his UFC title.