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Dana White: I 'fully expect' McGregor to return to 145; Nick Diaz won't get immediate title shot

UFC president Dana White expects to see Conor McGregor return to defend his featherweight belt after his UFC 202 rematch vs. Nate Diaz. As for Nick Diaz, don't expect him to be fighting welterweight champion Tyron Woodley next.

We're just one week away from Conor McGregor's rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202. McGregor won the featherweight belt from Jose Aldo last December in 13 seconds, but has yet to defend his title. Lofty goals to fight for the welterweight crown seem to be shelved after McGregor's loss to Diaz at UFC 196, and there's been plenty of interest as far as whether or not McGregor will ever return to 145 lbs.

In an interview with, Dana White stated his expectation that we will see McGregor defend his championship post-Diaz rematch.

"I fully expect Conor to come back and defend his 145-pound title," White said.

For what it's worth, McGregor's coach John Kavanagh believes that Conor should be at lightweight, while UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby "fully believes" McGregor will be back at featherweight.

As for the welterweight division, where Tyron Woodley now reigns supreme after his emphatic KO of Robbie Lawler, Woodley is all about the "money fights" right now. He's called out both Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz, with the latter out of his 18-month marijuana suspension issued by the NAC. Will we see Nick, whose last win was in 2011 against B.J. Penn, overtake Stephen Thompson in the title shot pecking order? According to Dana, "Wonderboy" will be facing Woodley next.

"I think that Nate feels his brother should have the fight at 170, but Nick is not going to come back and fight for the title right away.

"There are other guys deserving of a title shot. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is going to fight for the 170-pound title and then we’ll see what happens with Nick and Nate."