"Get through the holidays, and hopefully he starts to get the itch to come back and hopefully we can get him back this summer", said White.
Most fans believe he'll be back though, if only for two or three fights. In the meantime, the UFC crowned an interim lightweight champion in Tony Ferguson in October.
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"Whoever wins the Barboza-Khabib fight - while we're trying to figure out this Conor mess - could end up fighting Tony Ferguson for the opportunity to fight Conor McGregor", he said. Perhaps he wants to switch to boxing full-time.
"Money is always a factor but we've never had a problem getting a deal done with Conor McGregor".
I did not believe McGregor-Mayweather would happen, and it did. And I still don't, listen, you guys know I was here.
"I don't know, man, White recently told ESPN's Brett Okamoto".
"Right now, I don't really have a feel on what Conor wants to do".
"There's some f--ing exaggeration in saying the guy's never defended a title", White said.
Of course, White would like nothing more than to see McGregor get back in action, but he promises the UFC is going to keep going whether he's fighting next year or not.
"For people to suggest that, you're just a Conor hater", White told ESPN. "If I choose to get in the Octagon and fight".