Dana White: McGregor vs Poirier II Must Be At Lightweight

Dana WhiteConor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have verbally agreed to fight each other on the 23rd of January in what many see as the number one contender fight for the Lightweight belt, but McGregor made it clear that he wants the bout to take place at Welterweight and Poirier agrees. However, it seems like Dana White […]

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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have verbally agreed to fight each other on the 23rd of January in what many see as the number one contender fight for the Lightweight belt, but McGregor made it clear that he wants the bout to take place at Welterweight and Poirier agrees. However, it seems like Dana White disagrees and believes it “makes no sense” for the fight to happen at 170 and would much rather the fight takes place at 155.

Speaking with BT Sport Dana White said. “Its at 155 pounds. I am not putting on a multi-million dollar fight at Catchweight that means nothing. It means nothing. The fight means nothing at 170. Neither one of those two are ranked at a 170 pounds and it doesn’t do anything in the 55-pound division if either one of them wins. Because they are fighting at 170. It literally makes no sense. There are plenty of organizations that put up fights that don’t make sense. You can go watch those kinds of fights every weekend. That’s not what we do here.” (Transcribed by Essentially Sports)

This would not be the first time that McGregor wants to fight a Lightweight at Welterweight, he previously fought both Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz twice at 170 pounds, while Poirier has never fought at Welterweight but he doesn’t seem opposed to the idea to fight at that weight class.

McGregor hasn’t fought since January this year when he stopped Cowboy Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246 and is looking to return to the octagon for the first PPV of 2021, Poirier on the other hand just came out of a fight of the year contender at UFC Vegas 4 where he beat Dan Hooker via unanimous decision to get back to the win column.

Do you think Dana White can convince Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier to compete at 155lbs?

Khabib: Dustin Poirier Has Shown Weakness in McGregor Negotiations

Reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is not a fan of how Dustin Poirier is handling his fight negotiations with Conor McGregor.  It seems to only be a matter of time before Conor McGregor’s and Dustin Poirier’s verbally agreed-upon fig…

Reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is not a fan of how Dustin Poirier is handling his fight negotiations with Conor McGregor.  It seems to only be a matter of time before Conor McGregor’s and Dustin Poirier’s verbally agreed-upon fight for UFC 257 becomes official. And thus far, all public indications are that the negotiations […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: McGregor vs. Poirier II Must Be At Lightweight

Khabib NurmagomedovUFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has claimed he will not fight the winner of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier II unless their fight is contested at 155lbs. ‘Notorious’ and Poirier have verbally agreed to fight on January 23. The UFC is now in the process of drawing up contracts for the bout. McGregor’s head coach […]

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has claimed he will not fight the winner of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier II unless their fight is contested at 155lbs.

‘Notorious’ and Poirier have verbally agreed to fight on January 23. The UFC is now in the process of drawing up contracts for the bout. McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh recently revealed that his fighter will be competing against ‘The Diamond at welterweight.

Nurmagomedov is not a fan of this idea and made that much clear while speaking with TSN. The undefeated Russian claimed in order to earn a shot at his belt McGregor and Poirier must make the lightweight limit, he said.

“I still feel this but you have to fight at 155. If they fight at 170 or 185, this is not lightweight contender fight. If you want to fight at lightweight contender for the belt you have to fight at lightweight. What is this, like? ‘OK, I’m champion at 155. OK, give me a fight at 170. OK, let’s make weight with Justin Gaethje at 170.’ Same thing. If you want to fight for the title at 155, you have to make 155.”

‘The Eagle’ has enjoyed a fairly respectful relationship with Dustin Poirier before and after their fight at UFC 242 but was critical of the former interim champion for letting McGregor dictate terms.

“I don’t understand why Dustin show his weakness,” Nurmagomedov said. “This is just my opinion. You have to say something. Hey, this is my opinion. He has to do something to it. OK, they ask him to fight. Conor say ‘I’m going to donate you money.’ He said, ‘Yes, yes, yes, anywhere,’ but Dustin is a lightweight fighter. He’s not a welterweight fighter. Why are you going to fight at 170? If you want to fight for the title next, you have to make 155 (and) fight in the lightweight division. This is just my opinion. We’ll see. We’ll see.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

Do you agree with Khabib Nurmagomedov? Does Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier II need to take place at lightweight?

Coach Kavanagh Hints at McGregor/Poirier At Welterweight

Based on recent comments from McGregor head coach John Kavanagh, you can expect the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier fight to happen at welterweight if it becomes official. Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have verbally agreed to compete at UFC 257 i…

Based on recent comments from McGregor head coach John Kavanagh, you can expect the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier fight to happen at welterweight if it becomes official. Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have verbally agreed to compete at UFC 257 in January 2021, and now the weight division in which the bout would take […]

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Jerry Jones Willing To Let AT&T Stadium Host McGregor-Poirier 2

Jerry JonesDallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears more than willing to fulfill Conor McGregor’s request to have AT&T Stadium play host to his highly anticipated rematch against Dustin Poirier. When accepting the fight against his former featherweight foe, McGregor also threw out the possibility of having the fight happen in the home of the Dallas Cowboys. […]

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears more than willing to fulfill Conor McGregor’s request to have AT&T Stadium play host to his highly anticipated rematch against Dustin Poirier.

When accepting the fight against his former featherweight foe, McGregor also threw out the possibility of having the fight happen in the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The UFC has been trying to get in to the state-of-the-art stadium since it opened, and it seems that Jones believes McGregor is just the guy to open their doors. In speaking with Dallas sports radio station 105.3 The Fan, Jones said of McGregor, “I’m a real admirer of his… I think he’s one of the neatest individuals I’ve ever met. Period.” (H/T TMZ Sports)

“He is special. It would be quite a day for AT&T Stadium to have him.”

McGregor was quick to welcome the news that Jones was willing to let his stadium play home to the UFC.

AT&T Stadium has to capacity to hold over 80,000 attendees. The Dallas Cowboys have been hosting up to 25,000 fans every home game while trying to uphold social distancing regulations. The sheer size of the stadium combined with Texas’ allowance on social gatherings made it seem like the perfect place for the UFC to finally invite fans back to their shows.

While Jones and McGregor may be excited to have Dallas host the unnamed event, there is one man who doesn’t seem hopeful it will happen: Dana White. The UFC president has been skeptical at best about holding an event in anything other than a full arena, and it doesn’t look like he’s willing to make an exception for Jones or McGregor (H/T MMA Mania).

“We’ve had a very good relationship with Jones for a long time and we’ve talked about Dallas Texas stadium for a while,” White said. ”I’m not going into any arena where we’re going to fill a quarter of the arena or half the arena. So when crowds are ready to come back, we’ll do crowds again.”

All that being said, the UFC head honcho did also hint that the results of the upcoming US election could play a factor in when fans would be allowed back, so it may to too soon to close the AT&T Stadium doors just yet. If White’s stance doesn’t change, then the UFC still have the APEX facility and Fight Island to choose from to host the January 23 event.

What do you think? Does these Jerry Jones comments mean McGregor-Poirier II will happen at the AT&T Stadium?