Dana White: ‘Dustin Poirier Makes Sense’ For Conor McGregor’s Next Fight
It’s far from a done deal, but Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor could be on a collision course to face each other once again.
The two first went toe-to-toe at UFC 178 in September, 2014. After a wild build up where the tension between the two fighters hit boiling point on multiple occasions, McGregor defeated Poirier in the first round after he landed a left hand and finished the American with strikes on the mat.
Now, four years on since that fight, the two could be set to meet other again in a number one contender fight for the UFC lightweight title.
Talk of the fight came about this evening when UFC President Dana White was asked whether the promotion were looking to put a fight together between McGregor and Donald Cerrone on the FS1 post fight show. White denied that they were and suggested a they could be looking at an alternate plan that instead involved McGregor, Poirier, Tony Ferguson and champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“The ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone fight has never, ever been discussed,” White said on FS1. “That’s completely not true. I said the fight that makes sense right now is probably Poirier. And then Tony gets a shot at the title and the two winners fight each other. But I’m not sure exactly on a date when Conor is gonna fight yet. We have to get through this Nevada State Athletic Commission stuff first.”
White was then asked about the situation again backstage in a post-fight scrum with reporters and he clarified that at this point in time it was only an idea and things had not been taken further.
“I could see Poirier-Conor. Tony deserves a shot at the title,” White said. “Who knows what’s going to happen to Khabib or Conor. If Khabib gets some huge suspension, these guys got to fight. Who knows. We literally can’t make any plans until it’s over.”
“Who knows what these guys are going to get for suspensions. If it was just a fine, that would be one thing. They’re definitely getting suspended. I can’t see a scenario where they don’t get suspended. I can’t do anything.”
Whilst the fight is far from being made, Poirier took to social media to give his reaction. Suffice to say, a rematch with the Irishman would bring ample opportunity for the American Top Team. A big payday, an opportunity to get a shot at the champion, and ultimately revenge over a bitter rival would be the biggest night of his career so far.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) December 1, 2018
It’s now all eyes on the Nevada State Athletic Comission to see what punishments are handed out to McGregor and Nurmagomedov following the incident that occurred after their fight st UFC 229.