UFC chief Dana White admits he’s ‘looking to back up’ the Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier fight at UFC 264 in case the highly anticipated trilogy battle collapses
- The decisive third match of McGregor v Poirier will take place on July 10
- McGregor lost to Poirier in January after beating him in September 2014
- The lightweight clash is considered one of the biggest UFC events of the year
UFC President Dana White has admitted he is looking for a backup in case the mouthwatering trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier falls through.
Irish fighter McGregor will face Poirier in Las Vegas on July 10 as part of the highly anticipated UFC 264 event, one of the biggest showpieces of the year.
And according to Bleacher ReportWhite has openly stated that he is looking for another match as a contigency plan in case that fight doesn’t happen.
Dana White admitted that he is looking for backups for the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier
The UFC president will oversee a trilogy fight between McGregor (right) and Poirier (left)
He said, ‘I’m actually looking for someone to back up that card right now. Nobody stands out. Nobody kicks my door. ‘
McGregor defeated the American by TKO in September 2014, but lost dramatically to Poirier in the same way in Abu Dhabi in January this year.
The Las Vegas showdown between the lightweights is therefore heralded as the blockbuster, tie-breaking third fight between the pair, with a chance of new lightweight champions Charles Oliveira believed to be the winner.
Poirier defeated ‘The Notorious’ in January and will meet him again in Las Vegas on July 11
White admitted, however, that he would have to watch the trilogy fight and see how it played out before he could possibly comply with that request.
The 51-year-old clearly wants to cover himself in case what will be the first full-capacity event in Las Vegas since the start of the coronavirus pandemic does not go ahead.
However, White’s apparent fear that the fight might not take place could be a concern for fans of ‘The Notorious’.