Dana White: McGregor vs. Poirier 2 won’t be for title, no matter what

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has said he’s retired, and he’s a man of his word. But he has not withdrawn from the USADA testing pool, which means his options remain open. He told his mother he would retire to assume head of household responsibilities following the death in July of his father Abdulmanap due to COVID-19 and a heart condition. But he and his father had long planned his retirement when he hit 30-0.

Nurmagomedov will be in the audience watching as former champ champ Conor McGregor and former title challenger Dustin Poirier fight in the main event of UFC 257 on January 23, and has a meeting with UFC president Dana White on Fight Island to discuss his future. “The Eagle” says the UFC has no one to offer him. His coach Javier Mendez says the only fighter that could lure him back into the Octagon would be welterweight GOAT Georges St-Pierre. White says he hopes McGregor wins and then fights Khabib for the belt.

However, White spoke recently with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, and said that the McGregor vs. Poirier rematch will not be for a title, no matter what. 

“If Khabib does retire, then whoever the highest-ranked guy is at the time will end up facing Conor if Conor beats Poirier and would end up fighting for the title, I’m sure,” White said. “As a promoter, you always want the best guys in the world. But when a guy wants to retire, he probably should. But the difference with a guy like Khabib is that he’s been through so much and losing his dad is such a major blow to him. It was something that they did together and his dad wanted him to hit 30-0. But as a fight fan, I want Khabib to fight 10 more.”

What do you think UG? Will Khabib fight again, and if so, vs. who?

h/t Danny Segura for MMA Junkie

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