Dana White Is On The Hunt For A Backup Fighter For McGregor/Poirier

As the utilization of backup fighters becomes a growing trend in the UFC, there remains an open spot for what could go down as the biggest fight of the year. At UFC 264, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier will t…

As the utilization of backup fighters becomes a growing trend in the UFC, there remains an open spot for what could go down as the biggest fight of the year. At UFC 264, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier will take part in a trilogy bout to close the show. The last […]

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Dana White Struggling To Find Back-Up For Poirier Vs. McGregor III

Dana WhiteDana White wants to ensure that the UFC 264 goes on without a hitch. There’s only one problem: White’s struggling to find the right backup fighter for the main event. White is gambling that UFC 264 will be the biggest PPV event of the year for the promotion. The first full capacity event in the […]

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Dana White wants to ensure that the UFC 264 goes on without a hitch.

There’s only one problem: White’s struggling to find the right backup fighter for the main event.

White is gambling that UFC 264 will be the biggest PPV event of the year for the promotion. The first full capacity event in the promotion’s hometown, Las Vegas, the scheduled main event is one of the most anticipated rubber matches in recent MMA history. However, the past year has shown the UFC and the rest of the world anything can happen. Therefore, having a contingency plan is critical.  White recognizes the need, but it has been challenging.

Speaking recently with Bleacher Report, White confirmed that finding a suitable backup has not been an easy task. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“I’m actually looking for someone right now to be the backup on that card,” White said. “Nobody’s jumping out. Nobody’s kicking down my door.”

To better understand White’s difficulty, it’s essential to understand the activity in the lightweight division thus far in 2021. Dustin Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) and Conor McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) are ranked one and five in the lightweight division. Many had originally speculated that the rematch would be for the vacated belt after undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov unexpectedly retired.  

However, the UFC decided to allow Charles Oliviera and Michael Chandler to compete for the title instead, with Oliveira emerging victorious. Incidentally, the same card saw three of the top six lightweights in action. Both Chandler(#4) and Beneil Dariush (#3) expressed after their fights that they would like time off, hoping to return to the octagon towards the end of the year. Tony Ferguson (#6) suffered a decisive loss that left many wondering if he would retire. So with most of the top of the division tied up, only one name remains a viable option, Justin Gaethje (#2).

With a loss to Poirier and having yet to face McGregor, Gaethje seems like the logical option. However, he has expressed his disappointment with how the UFC has handled him since his loss to Nurmagomedov. Getting an offer to be a backup for the biggest fight of the year is likely not ideal for him at this time.

If both McGregor and Poirier can remain healthy and compete on July 10th, there is no issue. If not, hopefully, one of the top contenders in the division steps up to help White save the card.

Who do you think Dana White should vigorously pursue to be the backup for the UFC 264 main event?

Artem Lobov Predicts Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor III

Artem LobovArtem Lobov is backing his teammate and friend, Conor McGregor, to emerge victorious from his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on July 10. ‘Notorious’ famously made quick work of Poirier when the pair first fought at featherweight in 2014. McGregor scored a knockout win to continue his path towards the 145lb title. […]

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Artem Lobov is backing his teammate and friend, Conor McGregor, to emerge victorious from his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on July 10.

‘Notorious’ famously made quick work of Poirier when the pair first fought at featherweight in 2014. McGregor scored a knockout win to continue his path towards the 145lb title.

Earlier this year McGregor and ‘The Diamond’ met once again at UFC 257. Poirier avenged the loss from six years ago in impressive fashion. The former interim lightweight champion mixed his wrestling with leg kicks and fast hands to get the job done inside two rounds.

McGregor immediately called for a trilogy fight with Poirier who was happy to oblige, even passing up on a shot at the undisputed lightweight title to pursue a mega-money rematch against the Irishman.

During an appearance on Bareknuckle Uncensored Lobov expressed his belief that McGregor was looking beyond Poirier at UFC 257, to a potential boxing match with Manny Pacquiao.  

“Conor is a very, very smart fighter. I just feel the last fight he maybe took it a little bit lightly and thought, ‘I’ll just show up and do what I do and destroy him.’ Not only that, he was already mentally and physically getting ready for a boxing fight so he wasn’t thinking leg kicks…No MMA. He just thought it was going to be the same way as the first fight,” Lobov said.

‘The Russian Hammer’ was keen to credit Poirier for his performance at UFC 257 but insisted McGregor would turn the tables at UFC 264.

“We have to give credit to Dustin. He’s done his homework. He’s improved a lot since the first fight and he did a good job. But I think now when Conor is switched on, he knows what’s up. His full focus is on this fight. He’s studied him, he looked at what the issues were in the second fight and honestly when Conor shows up like that? There’s no stopping him. So I see him stopping Dustin early, first, maybe second round. I want to say first. My prediction is first round but it could go into the second.” (Transcribed by BJPenn.com)

Do you agree with Artem Lobov? Will Conor McGregor avenge his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264?

Oliveira Reacts To Being Underdog Against Both McGregor & Poirier

Charles Oliveira is the new UFC lightweight champion but he opened as the underdog to both Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. In the main event of UFC 262, Oliveira scored a second-round TKO win over Michael Chandler to win the vacant title. It was a c…

Charles Oliveira is the new UFC lightweight champion but he opened as the underdog to both Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. In the main event of UFC 262, Oliveira scored a second-round TKO win over Michael Chandler to win the vacant title. It was a comeback win for the Brazilian, and after he became the […]

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Poirier Predicts McGregor Will Try To Turn Calf Kicks Against Him

After brutalizing Conor McGregor’s lead leg in their January rematch, Dustin Poirier expects to get a taste of his own medicine in their trilogy bout on July 10. In their rematch, the #1-ranked lightweight Poirier knocked McGregor out after immobilizin…

After brutalizing Conor McGregor’s lead leg in their January rematch, Dustin Poirier expects to get a taste of his own medicine in their trilogy bout on July 10. In their rematch, the #1-ranked lightweight Poirier knocked McGregor out after immobilizing him with calf kicks, which the Irishman had no answer for. It’s fair to say […]

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Dustin Poirier Coach Predicts UFC 264 Will Be The Biggest PPV Ever

Dustin PoirierMike Brown thinks Dustin Poirier turning down a UFC title shot to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 264 on July 10 is absolutely the right choice. The American Top Team head coach fully supports his student who will undoubtedly secure the biggest pay day of his career when fighting McGregor for a third time at […]

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Mike Brown thinks Dustin Poirier turning down a UFC title shot to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 264 on July 10 is absolutely the right choice.

The American Top Team head coach fully supports his student who will undoubtedly secure the biggest pay day of his career when fighting McGregor for a third time at an event Brown feels could break the pay-per-view record.

“Yeah, this is the right choice,” Brown told MMA Junkie. “Conor is the biggest draw in this sport, and I think this well sell more pay-per-views than any other fight. This potentially will be the biggest pay-per-view of all time. It really has that capability, and it probably will. I believe that, and the title fight will always be there after.

“He’s still getting better all the time, and another guy who has paid his dues more than anyone,” Brown added. “These are the guys that took the long road, the guys that deserve it more than anybody.”

At UFC 257, Poirier was able to avenge the most devastating loss of his career against McGregor. ‘The Diamond’ wrestled early before finding success of the feet with calf kicks. Poirier then used his elite-level boxing skills to stop the Irishman inside two rounds.

Brown believes McGregor and his team are focusing too much on defending calf kicks ahead of UFC 264.

The ATT coach insists the kicks it wasn’t the low leg kicks that got Poirier the win earlier this year.

“I think Conor believes that the calf kicks is what really was the major problem, but it wasn’t the calf kicks that knocked him out,” Brown said. “So I like where we’re sitting in this fight, and I’m very confident going into it.

“The fight game is very complex. This is one weapon of potentially thousands or more. We’re talking about one weapon there. Dustin has got a lot of them.”

How many pay-per-view buys do you think Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor III will do?