The UFC president has given his ideal opponent for Conor McGregor’s next fight while addressing the media in the wake of last night’s TUF finale.
The Irishman’s future is still completely up in the air given his impending date with the Nevada State Athletic Commission but over the last few weeks, there was growing momentum behind the idea that Conor would take on the veteran Donald Cerrone.
Cerrone managed to become the winningest fighter in the history of the UFC with his recent submission of Mike Perry but according to UFC president Dana White, the idea of a showdown between the two fan favourites was never on the table.
“The Cowboy Cerrone fight has never ever been discussed, that’s completely not true.”
According to White, a rematch with streaking contender Dustin Poirier is the fight he would much rather see.
“The fight that makes sense right now is probably [Dustin] Poirier and then Tony [Ferguson] 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 going to fight yet. We have to get through this Nevada State Athletic Commission stuff first.”
Poirier has been on an absolute tear since leaving featherweight in favour of the lightweight division and while his UFC 230 showdown with Nate Diaz fell apart due an injury he sustained – a second bout against the sport’s biggest star would no doubt be an even greater help to his wallet, something he hinted at with a recent tweet.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) December 1, 2018
It would certainly be an interesting fight and one that makes sense given the position both fighters occupy in the rankings.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena