"The winner of this fight will be champion," said Dana White at tonight's press conference for the upcoming UFC 223.

The lightweight encounter between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov is the main event for the April event in Brooklyn and the UFC president revealed tonight that the winner would be deemed the champion of the division.

Of course, Conor McGregor currently holds the belt, however, the Dubliner has not fought since November 2016 when he claimed the title by beating Eddie Alvarez.

White recently told Fox Sports that the organisation would likely strip McGregor of his title if he refused to fight again soon.

"Conor has said that 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," White said.

"I love Conor, respect Conor, love everything he's done for the company, everybody knows that, I say it all the time (but) the belt would have to move on," he explained.