White wants Poirier next for McGregor, but NSAC hearing awaits
On The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale FOX Sports 1 post-fight show, UFC president Dana White detailed what he wants next for former lightweight champ Conor McGregor, but it comes with an asterisk - Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have a hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission where they face sanction their respective roles in the UFC 229 post-fight melee.
“The fight that makes sense right now is probably Poirier,” said White, as transcribed by Steven Marrocco for MMAjunkie. “And then Tony (Ferguson) gets a shot at the title, and the two winners fight each other. But I’m not sure exactly on a date when Conor’s going to fight yet. We have to get through this Nevada State Athletic Commission stuff first.”
“For me to even say anything is going to happen – who knows what these guys are going to get for suspensions? If it was just a fine that would be one thing. They’re definitely getting suspended. I can’t see a scenario where they don’t get suspended. So I can’t do anything.”
“Do I look concerned? I’m not concerned. I’ve got a job to do. I’ve got to make fights, no matter who’s here and who’s not. I have to make fights, so I will continue to make fights until we find out what the suspensions are, and then when the suspensions are laid down, I will continue to make fights until they are back.”
“I can’t see them giving Khabib over one year. I hope so. If it’s over one year, c’mon, man. That would not be fair. The whole thing was over in 40 seconds. Nobody got touched. Nobody got hurt. Nothing happened. So I think that the commission has to send a message, and I hope it’s not over a year. I don’t think it would be fair.”
Poirier perfectly expressed his feelings with a single image: