Dana White Talks McGregor Crashing UFC 242, Jones-DC III
The second half of 2019 will feature two extremely important fights — UFC 242 having Khabib face Poirier, and UFC 241 will see Daniel Cormier taking on former champion Stipe Miocic. Khabib defeated Conor McGregor late last year to cement himself as the new lightweight champion, while Daniel Cormier dethroned Stipe Miocic last year to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
UFC President Dana White recently sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, to talk about what’s in store for the future.
Conor McGregor To Crash UFC 242?
With Khabib fighting Poirier in Abu Dhabi in September, Dana White talked about the possibility of Conor McGregor showing up to confront his arch nemesis.
“Yeah, he could”, White said (via Express). “He could, possibly. He hasn’t said [if he will]. I’m not [breaking any news]. He could, probably, show up to that fight. But I don’t know if he will. He hasn’t said anything to me.”
“I honestly believe that in that region they like Conor McGregor too. I know they take things a little serious when stuff is said but Khabib won the fight. And I think it’s all just trash talk leading up to. Obviously Khabib and Conor, there’s no love lost. Those guys do not like each other. But it’s part of the business.
“Culturally, I don’t think so. I would have no problem with Conor showing up there.”
Can We See Jon Jones – Daniel Cormier III?
Dana also spoke about the possibility of a third fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. With Jon talking up the possibility of moving up to heavyweight, and Daniel Cormier contemplating retirement, the two rivals could cross paths once more.
“Cormier has this fight coming up against Stipe Miocic (at UFC 241). If he gets past Stipe he probably has two fights left in his career. I would expect one of those would probably be Jon Jones, and hopefully at heavyweight”, White said.
“I think Jon said, ‘I don’t want to move up to heavyweight to fight him, I’ll fight him at 205.’ And Cormier said, ‘I don’t want to beat him at heavyweight I want to beat him at 205.’ Try to get those two to agree on anything, well they do agree they want to fight at 205. But I want to see it at heavyweight.
“Cormier is an all-time great. The only guy to ever beat him is Jon Jones, and he beat him twice. Does the third fight have to happen? No, it doesn’t have to happen. But a lot of fans want to see it happen.”