Dana White Says Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier II Has To Be At Lightweight
UFC President Dana White insists Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier II must be contested at lightweight.
McGregor and Poirier have been angling for a rematch. McGregor holds a win over “The Diamond,” which took place on September 27, 2014. The “Notorious” one emerged victorious via first-round TKO.
At first, McGregor suggested going outside the UFC for an exhibition bout with Poirier. The idea was that the proceeds would go to charity. When the UFC offered both men the fight, McGregor vowed to donate $500,000 to Poirier’s The Good Fight Foundation.
Speaking to BT Sport, White was adamant about the rematch between McGregor and Poirier needing to be contested at lightweight (via MMAJunkie.com).
“It’s 155 pounds. I’m not putting on a friggin’ multi-million dollar fight at a catchweight that means nothing. … That fight means nothing at 170. Neither one of those two are ranked at 170 pounds, and it doesn’t do anything in the ’55-pound division if either one of them win, because they’re fighting at 170. It literally makes no sense.”
As far as whether or not White expects McGregor to actually accept the bout, the UFC feels confident in making the rematch happen.
“Listen, Conor likes to play games. Conor plays games, and he does his thing. One thing Conor doesn’t do? Conor doesn’t commit to a fight and then not fight. Conor fights. … Things are gonna change now. This isn’t the same Conor back in the day. Conor’s rich. Conor is very wealthy. And I think that Conor is in a position right now that he’s just trying to make moves that he thinks are right.”
McGregor hasn’t exactly had the best relationship with the UFC as of late. White wasn’t appreciative of McGregor leaking private text messages regarding potential plans for his fighting future. McGregor fired back, saying White broke a code by claiming he was turning down fights.