UFC 236: Dana White Reflects on Dustin Poirier’s Championship Road, Confirms He’s Next For Khabib Nurmagomedov
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor has made it clear he wants to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov again, and Dana White has said he sees that match-up happening. But, following UFC 236, White confirmed that Dustin Poirier will be next for the undisputed lightweight champ.
Poirier faced featherweight champ Max Holloway for the interim 155 title last night, and won the epic battle via unanimous decision. After the card, White had this to say about Poirier’s lengthy road to a title, and his future (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Yes, that’s the fight,” White said. “Poirier will fight Khabib next. Probably in September.”
“Some guys have the Israel Adesanya path and the Conor McGregor path and some have the Poirier path,” White said. “If you look, I don’t remember what the numbers were, but Chuck Liddell had to go through that same thing and then Tito (Ortiz) wouldn’t fight him and there’s been a lot of guys — Tony Ferguson, look at the bad luck that guy’s had. And the list goes on and on, some people it works out for and some people have longer roads.
“Poirier has stayed the path and trained hard and done what he’s had to do to to get here and tonight was his night. He fought an incredible fighter and he won.”
Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor in the fourth round of their October bout, but is currently suspended due to the post-fight brawl he incited at UFC 229.