Dana White: Conor McGregor's next move depends on Diaz-Pettis, Khabib-Poirier results
LAS VEGAS – The question remains: Whom will Conor McGregor face next?
UFC president Dana White on Tuesday said McGregor’s next move will depend on what happens Saturday at UFC 241 between Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis, as well as the lightweight title unification bout between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 next month.
“I don’t know,” White said after Dana White’s Contender Series 24 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “That, I don’t know. See how Saturday goes, see how September goes, and then see what happens with Conor.”
McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) has made it clear he’d like to run things back with Nurmagomedov. He lost by fourth-round submission to “The Eagle” at UFC 229 and failed to recapture the lightweight title he was stripped of for not defending (he took a lucrative boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. instead). A post-fight brawl ensued that left many wondering if there’s unfinished business between the two.
For now, he’ll have to wait. Nurmagomedov will attempt to make his second title defense when he takes on Poirier in the UFC 242 main event. The Diaz trilogy is another fight McGregor has mentioned he’s open to. The score currently is 1-1. Diaz notched a second-round submission win at UFC 196, flipping the MMA world upside down. They ran it back at UFC 202, and McGregor narrowly edged Diaz by majority decision. Diaz is set to return after a three-year layoff when he takes on Pettis in the UFC 241 co-headliner on Saturday.
Diaz has been vocal with his belief the UFC has neglected him following his loss to McGregor, and continued to promote McGregor over him. So he walked away. Nearly three years have gone by, and it seems Diaz has grabbed many of the headlines upon his return.
Where does the UFC president stand with Diaz? White says it’s not as bad as most think.
“It’s funny – I did this interview the other day about Nate,” White said. “Nate’s one of these guys that, he has this personality where it’s like he’s saying ‘(expletive) you’ to The Man, but he never says ‘(expletive) you’ to The Man. Every time I’m around Nate, he’s a good kid, and I’ve always had a good relationship with Nate, a personal relationship with Nate.
“He’s tough to deal with on the business side, but personally he’s a good guy. And whatever you want to say about the Diaz brothers, when they say they’re gonna fight, they sign the bout agreement, and they show up and they fight. So I don’t see any problems.”
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