Conor McGregor might be the biggest MMA superstar in the world, but the devastating injury he suffered to his lower leg at UFC 264 last month is going to put him out of action for so long that UFC president Dana White isn’t even thinking about what might come next for McGregor.
While White told the media at the post-fight press conference after UFC 265 that he hoped to make the fourth fight happen between McGregor and Dustin Poirier, the UFC boss revealed to UFC Arabia’s Farah Hannoun in his latest interview with the press that Poirier vs. McGregor 4 is far from his mind right now and that he hasn’t even talked to McGregor since UFC 264 about what the Irishman’s fighting future might hold.
And would McGregor immediately get the fourth fight against Poirier upon his return to the UFC?
“Well, that would be a long time. Conor is going to be out for a year. That would be a long time to wait [for the fourth fight],” White said.
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White on McGregor’s Future Options: ‘I Don’t Know’
UFC Arabia’s Hannoun, who also works for MMA Junkie, clarified the question and asked White whether McGregor would get the nod for the fourth fight no matter how many fights Poirier might have had by McGregor’s return date.
Again, White said he wasn’t sure that could or would happen for McGregor upon his return to UFC action.
“I don’t know. I mean, who knows what the landscape is going to look like in a year? And what’s going on? I don’t know, I mean…I’m not even thinking about that. That doesn’t even cross my mind,” White said.
So McGregor might have the fourth fight against Poirier on his mind right now as he rehabs from his broken tibia, but White isn’t necessarily thinking the same way.
The UFC’s plan for McGregor is as realistic as it can be. There’s no plan at all, and White isn’t even thinking about McGregor’s potential return fight.
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Poirier Currently Stands as Winner of Rivalry
Poirier and McGregor have fought three times, and Poirier currently stands as the winner of the historic rivalry 2-1 after the American stopped McGregor in the first round at UFC 264 on July 10.
Poirier also defeated McGregor at UFC 257 in January, but McGregor beat Poirier in the first fight in 2014.
Since the end of UFC 264, Poirier, McGregor and White have all suggested a fourth battle could be on the way.
While trilogies in combat sports usually end after decisive victories in third fights, McGregor’s broken bone has opened the door to another encounter.
Poirier seemed to be beating McGregor at UFC 264, but McGregor’s bone snapped as he was trying to throw a punch near the end of the first round.
Poirier was awarded the TKO victory at UFC 264, but McGregor and his fans believe he could have come back to win had the break not happened.
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