UFC president Dana White is looking to create a four-man lightweight ‘tournament’ of sorts as the promotion supremo revealed his plans for Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
Speaking on the post-fight show after The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale, White laid out his thoughts on the upper echelon of the 155 lbs division which would see the winners of a Nurmagomedov – Ferguson bout and McGregor – Poirier rematch face off.
“The fight that makes sense right now is probably Poirier,” White said when asked of McGregor’s next bout. “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.”
Later on, White would provide some caution to his own words due to the impending sanctions that McGregor and Nurmagomedov will face following their post-fight scuffle at UFC 229.
“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,” he said. “They’re definitely getting suspended. I can’t see a scenario where they don’t get suspended. So I can’t do anything.”
“I can’t see them giving Khabib over one year,” White continued. “I hope so. If it’s over one year, come on, 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.”