Dana: McGregor Isn’t Fighting Khabib vs Poirier Winner Or Masvidal Next
Conor McGregor has been illegible to fight again for three months, after his six month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission ended, for his part in the UFC 229 brawl, but there’s still no sign as of when he will coming back or who against.
Speaking to TMZ Sports this week, UFC president Dana White, ruled out a few big names and gave an idea of when we will see the former two division champion back inside the UFC Octagon.
“I think he’ll be back, he’ll either be back this year or early next year. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out in September.”
Asked if he could face the winner of September’s UFC 242 main event between the lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the interim champion Dustin Poirier, Dana said no.
“No. But it will shake a lot of things up, whoever wins that fight.”
And the UFC boss was also quick to shoot down any possible fight between McGregor and Jorge Masvidal in the future.
“Masvidal’s too big for Conor. [McGregor] shouldn’t have [fought at 170]. I hated that he did it. Not only did I hate that he did it once, I hated that he did it twice. He doesn’t belong at that weight.
“There’s plenty of fights for [Masvidal] in his weight division without Conor. He’s too big for Conor. Conor doesn’t belong at 170. He’s got the balls to fight at 170 but he doesn’t belong there.”
You have to wonder, who will McGregor face on his return to the UFC Octagon. With Tony Ferguson expected, and rightly so, to get the winner of Khabib and Poirier, the most obvious guy for the job is Justin Gaethje. Or possibly whoever loses in the UFC 242 main event. All three matchups would tick a lot of boxes.
Who do you want to see Conor McGregor fight on his return?