Dana White: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier at 170 makes no sense

Contracts have been issued for Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier to rematch at UFC 257 on January 23, 2021; they are unsigned. McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh recently tweeted that the fight would take place at welterweight.

Poirier indicated that he’s in.

However, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said recently that if the fight McGregor vs. Poirier isn’t at lightweight, then there will be no rematch with McGregor. Now, in a recent interview with BT Sport, UFC president Dana White said McGregor vs. Poirier at 170 makes no sense.

“It’s 155 pounds,” said White. “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.”

While McGregor has not signed the contract, he has publicly accepted it, and White believes it will happen, at lightweight.

“Listen, Conor likes to play games. Conor plays games, and he does his thing,” said White. “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.”

Several questions UG:
Do you think the fight happens?
If it happens, what weight will it be at?
Do you think the winner of McGregor vs. Poirier deserves a shot at the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254 on Saturday?

NOTE: The PPV starts at 2:00 p.m. ET.

h/t Simon Samano for MMA Junkie

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