UFC champion Conor McGregor has told Dana White that he is thinking of coming back to the sport for a fight in September.
However, White has told the Irishman that if he remains out of the octagon until then, he will be stripped of his UFC lightweight title.
McGregor has not fought since defeating Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 adding the 155lb crown to his featherweight belt at the time.
However, McGregor's inactivity in the sport could instead see interim champion Tony Ferguson take on undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in a fight for the undisputed lightweight title.
According to White, McGregor would then be first in line to fight the winner.
"Conor has said he's thinking about coming back in September. If he comes back in September, that's almost two years...that can't happen." -- @danawhite
Dana speaks on #UFCSTL, Khabib, Tony and of course...Conor McGregor possibly being stripped. https://t.co/fTlT8sD2I3
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 15, 2018
White told Fox Sports: "Conor has said he’s thinking about coming back in September. If he comes back in September that’s almost two years, that can’t happen, it’s not fair to everybody else.
"I love Conor, I respect Conor, I love everything he’s done for this company, but the belt would have to move on.
"You do Khabib versus Tony, we’re working on that fight now. If and when Conor comes back, he would get the first crack at the title."
Will the champion be back in time to hold on to his belt or will he stick to his word and come back in September?