DANA WHITE said the winner between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will 'probably' be next in line for the UFC lightweight title.
The pair headline UFC 257 on January 23 with the pay-per-view event taking to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
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But they do so with the 155lb division up in the air, as champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is retired but still holding the belt.
UFC president White all-but confirmed McGregor, 32, or Poirier, 31, will challenge for the strap should they come out victorious in the Middle East.
He said in a fan Q&A: “Yeah, whoever wins that fight is probably next in line."
Nurmagomedov, 32, announced his shock retirement in October after beating Justin Gaethje, 31, at UFC 254.
It followed after his first fight since the loss of his influential father Abdulmanap, who passed away aged 57 in July.
But beforehand, Nurmagomedov had confirmed it was always their plan to retire unbeaten in 30 fights.
With the Russian one win away from achieving the goal, White is confident he can persuade Khabib back for one final fight.
The two are set to hold talks on Fight Island, where the status of the lightweight crown will be determined.
White explained: “I get on the plane next Monday and fly to Abu Dhabi.
"I don’t know when he gets there, but he and I are set to meet as soon as he arrives.”
Poirier, who was beaten by McGregor in 2014, argued his rematch with the Irishman should be for the vacant crown.
And McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh – who led the southpaw to the belt in 2016 – also provided the same verdict.
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