Dana White has revealed tentative plans for Conor McGregor's next opponent. McGregor hasn't fought since his humbling against Khabib Nurmagamedov almost two months ago, but signed a six-fight contract with the UFC ahead of that fight.
The contract adds a level of certainty about McGregor's future participation in the UFC, and White has today discussed McGregor's likely next steps. While the farcical postscript to McGregor/Khabib seemed to make a rematch an inevitability, White is instead zeroing in on a different kind of rematch.
The fight that makes sense right now is probably [Dustin] Poirier", said White of McGregor's next move. "And then Tony [Ferguson] gets a shot at the title, and the two winners fight each other".
McGregor and Poirier fought before - at UFC178 in Las Vegas back in 2014, a fight McGregor won with a first-round TKO.
White's plans are for the winner of that fight to face off against the winner of a title fight between Khabib and Tony Ferguson.
He refused to put a timeframe on McGregor's fight, however - McGregor and Nurmagomedov are both facing suspensions and fines from the Nevada Athletic Commission as a result of the post-fight brawl in October. The two will have to go before the commission Dec. 10 in Las Vegas for disciplinary hearings. Any potential fight booking for either of them is dependent on how long they might be out.
"I’m not sure exactly on a date when Conor’s going to fight yet. We have to get through this Nevada State Athletic Commission stuff first", White told Fox Sports.