Following his second-round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor is itching for a rematch, a trilogy meeting between the two. During an interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN, UFC President Dana White said that McGregor is “completely obsessed” with getting a rematch against “The Diamond” who defeated him at UFC 257 last month.
In the interview, White sounds very much open to having the trilogy between McGregor and Poirier, calling it fun for the business side of the UFC.
“He’s completely obsessed with the rematch now and wants the fight back. What’s fun for us, being the fans, if you look at the number-one ranked guy in the world, Dustin Poirier all the way down to number seven, who I think is Rafael dos Anjos, the fights that can be made to find out who becomes the next champion are unbelievable.”
White would continue on to say that because of the depth of the lightweight division, there will be fights put together throughout the top of the division to determine who the next champion is.
“We’re in for some incredible fights to find out which two of these guys from one to seven will square off to become the next world champion.”
As for the making of the fight between Conor McGregor and Poirier, White says it’s easy to make because both guys want it bad enough, but there would not be a title on the line for their third meeting.
“You have two guys, Dustin who is the number-one guy in the world and a guy like Conor and they both want it that badly, you do it, you know, you do it. These guys are all going to fight it out, we’ll narrow it down to the two guys who will face off for the title.”
With the championship in limbo due to the pending retirement of champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, White revealed that he will be meeting with the undefeated champion to determine what’s next to happen with the belt. Although White continues to push for the return of Nurmagomedov, it appears that there will be a lightweight tournament to determine who’s next in line for an opportunity at the title, and Conor McGregor will likely meet Dustin Poirier in the high-stakes trilogy.
Mike Pendleton is a current contributor to MyMMANews, BJPenn.com, and TheScrap.Co while also hosting his “On The Mic” podcast and works as an Associate Producer on Sirius XM’s Fight Nation channel.
With a special passion for interviewing and talking to some of the very best around the fight game, you can read or listen to Mike’s work across his multiple outlets.
Follow me on Twitter: @MP2310