Dana White expects Conor McGregor to fight in 2019, has meeting scheduled
ATLANTA – It was just the other week that UFC President Dana White wished Conor McGregor all the best in his future endeavors after the latter went on Twitter and announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
Even by the standards of fighter retirements, though, this was a quick turnaround.
The sport’s biggest star wasted little time rescinding his retirement, and White is ready to talk to the first man ever to simultaneously hold two weight-class titles about when he’s going to return to MMA action.
Asked during an interview session with reporters following the UFC’s Friday press conference if he expects McGregor in the octagon this year, White answered in the affirmative, then said he plans on meeting with McGregor soon.
“I’m meeting with Conor in Miami in two weeks,” White said.
From there, of course, the next question is which fight will make the most sense for the former lightweight and featherweight champion.
Saturday’s UFC 236 in Atlanta will feature an interim lightweight title fight between current featherweight champion Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. In theory, that’s supposed to mean the winner would be next to face current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In practice? Things don’t always work out according to form. There’s still a lot of money to be made in a Nurmagomedov-McGregor rematch, with last week’s online dispute between the two showing the animosity has not worn off.
But White told MMA Junkie the Holloway-Poirier winner is next in line.
“These guys are the interim champions, they’re fighting to fight Khabib,” White said.
If anything, White believes Holloway is setting himself up to go over the top as a star once and for all.
“This is a great opportunity for Holloway to, obviously the Poirier fight. and then Conor is out there too for him, two guys that he lost to that he could get those marks off of his record,” White said.