Dana White confirms Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 will NOT be for lightweight title ahead of crunch Khabib talks

UFC president Dana White insists Conor McGregor's showdown with Dustin Poirier will NOT be for the lightweight title.

Former 155lb king McGregor will rematch his old featherweight rival a week on Saturday in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.

It was thought the pair's second meeting could crown a new lightweight champion due to the recent retirement of the belt's current holder,Khabib Nurmagomedov.

White insists that won't be the case, telling ESPN: "If Khabib does retire, then whoever the highest-ranked guy is at the time will end up facing Conor if Conor beats Poirier and would end up fighting for the title, I'm sure."

Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts last October after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

White is set to meet the Dagestani destroyer in the next few days in a bid to convince him to fight one more time.


He said: "As a promoter, you always want the best guys in the world. But when a guy wants to retire, he probably should.

"But the difference with a guy like Khabib is that he's been through so much, and losing his dad is such a major blow to him.

"It was something that they did together, and his dad wanted him to hit 30-0. But as a fight fan, I want Khabib to fight 10 more."

Poirier vs McGregor II will close out the UFC's third Fight Island run on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island.

White is relishing the match-up, especially after seeing how motivated McGregor is ahead of his return.

He said: "The questions are always: ‘This guy is so rich, how hungry is he?

“There’s nothing more exciting or fun than a motivated Conor McGregor, when his head is in the right place.

"And you can tell when he is and when he isn’t, and right now, he’s in.

"My conversations with Conor, I know when the real Conor is here and the other Conor is here, and believe me when I tell you, the real Conor is here.

“If something happened to Dustin Poirier, he is the Conor McGregor right now that doesn’t give a s*** who we put in that fight.

“He’s going to be, ‘Who’s ready? Who you got? I’m going to the gym, tell me who’s showing up on Saturday.’ He’s that guy right now. That Conor McGregor is back.”

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