Dana White Explains What Does Conor McGregor’s Loss Mean to the UFC Lightweight Division

Published 01/25/2021, 8:50 AM EST


UFC President Dana White spoke to TMZ ahead of UFC 257 and shared his views on the main event match-up. Chiefly, the company President had given some insight into the fall-out should Conor McGregor lose to Dustin Poirier. In fact, this is exactly what happened on Fight Night as ‘The Diamond’ managed to pull off an incredible upset over McGregor.

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‘The Notorious’ suffered his first TKO loss in professional MMA that came in at 02:23 of the second round. The end came off the back of a series of leg kicks that hindered McGregor’s tactical movement. Additionally, Poirier’s hands were fluid from the get-go and he found the chin with ease. It didn’t take long for him to turn off the lights on McGregor, who slumped over onto the canvas.

Dana White previewed a future in which Conor McGregor lost

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The long-time boss of the UFC spoke out candidly on what would happen if McGregor fell to Poirier. In the fight game, the odds are never what they really seem, especially when considering an exchange between high-level competitors.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – JUNE 20: Dana White, UFC President gives a speech during 2019 UFC Performance Institute Panel and UFC Fight Night Shenzhen Press Conference at UFC Performance Institute Shanghai on June 20, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

“People lose man, it happens, it’s part of the sport. Nothing happens. I mean, if he loses, he goes back to the drawing board and fights another day.”

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Additionally, White also spoke out on the manner in which the lightweight division will play out. The UFC President’s words have come to fruition largely except for the claim that Khabib Nurmagomedov will make a comeback.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“That whole division… think about it, Charles Oliveira just came off an incredible win over Tony Ferguson right. You have Poirer and McGregor fighting on Saturday and the co-main event is Michael Chandler, who is making his debut in the UFC. This guy has been fighting everywhere outside of the UFC and is one of the all-time greats in the division. He wants to prove himself now here in the UFC so any one of these guys could end up fighting Khabib.”

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The lightweight division is primed to change up considerably in the days to come, as Nurmagomedov will likely vacate his belt. Common knowledge will dictate that Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira are front runners to fight for the vacant strap.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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