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Conor McGregor told to focus on lightweight division by UFC boss White amid talk of Kamaru Usman or Anderson Silva fight


CONOR McGREGOR has been told to focus on the lightweight division by UFC boss Dana White having been called out by Kamaru Usman and Anderson Silva.

McGregor has already been told he is next in line for the lightweight title, which will be contested for in September by champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje, who won the interim strap this month.

The 31-year-old Irishman is expected to fight once more before challenging for the 155lb belt, and was even offered a shot at the welterweight crown by champion Kamaru Usman.

Middleweight legend Anderson Silva then called out McGregor - who accepted before appearing to confirm he would even step up to 185lb, despite not fighting over the 170lb welterweight limit.

But UFC boss White has urged The Notorious to to solely focus on the lightweight scene, a division he has not won at since winning the title in November 2016.

White told ESPN: “So Conor and I have not talked about fighting.

"If you’re Conor, and you’re sitting at home, everybody is calling you out, in every weight division.

"I mean, who’s gonna call him out next? It’s crazy. And you know Conor and his personality, he’s going to respond to it.

“Conor and I have not talked about a fight. I think what Conor needs to do is sit back, let a lot of these fights start rolling out.

"Obviously, the most important division, the 55-pound division and see what plays out for him.”

McGregor appeared to set his sights on the lightweight division after Gaethje beat Ferguson at UFC 249.

The Irish southpaw slated Nurmagomedov, Gaethje, Ferguson and old rival Dustin Poirier, as he vowed to reclaim the title.

He then revealed plans to move up to welterweight once he has completed a "demolition job" on his 155lb rivals.

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