Dana White wouldn’t exactly say it outright, but seemed to suggest that Tony Ferguson will be paired up with the winner of Khabib vs. Poirier.
UFC 242 will see Nurmagomedov make the second defense of his lightweight title in the Abu Dhabi main-event – a show that promises to prove the Russian’s status as one of the UFC’s biggest superstars.
The fight itself is an incredibly compelling matchup on paper, one that only became more intriguing upon seeing the surging Dustin Poirier’s hugely impressive victory over Max Holloway at UFC 236.
And while The Diamond is no doubt a deserving contender to the throne, UFC 238’s showdown between Donald Cerrone and the fight’s eventual victor Tony Ferguson proved that there is one man in the division who has earned a shot at the title more than anyone else.
During a recent interview on the LV Sports Biz, White wasn’t exactly crystal clear in his view that El Cucuy should be next in line but nevertheless stated that he would likely get the shot at the winner of UFC 242’s main-event.
“Khabib is fighting Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi in September. Then I don’t know, then we’ll see.
“Tony Ferguson just came off a great win this weekend over “Cowboy” Cerrone and I’m assuming he’s next.
“Then we’ll see what happens with Conor, what Conor wants to do.” (via MMAFighting)
Of course, we all know that Dana and co. could well follow the money on this one if it comes down to it.
The financial allure that would come from a showdown between Conor McGregor and his great rival Khabib Nurmagomedov has seen Ferguson unfairly sidelined in the past.
With every chance that the rematch could surpass the first helping in terms of the money it generates, logic could well see history repeat itself – something that would perhaps explain White’s non-commital tone on this one.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena