‘I’m Looking for a Backup’- Dana White Talks Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier Backup Concerns

Published 05/28/2021, 7:21 AM EDT
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)


UFC President Dana White ran through a gauntlet of topics related to MMA. The UFC is gearing up for yet another exciting month of fights and the return of TUF. However, amidst all the occurrences set to take place in June, UFC 264 in July has been earmarked.

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Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will go to war for the third time in Las Vegas. Chiefly, the stakes are massively high and Dana White revealed that a backup was going to be installed for that fight. The long-time company boss is looking to play it safe given the magnitude of the event being planned.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 03: Dana White is seen arriving at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on October 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

In a chat with Bleacher Report, he said, “I’m actually looking for someone right now to be the backup on that card. Nobody’s jumping out. Nobody’s kicking down my door.”

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It will be interesting to see who the UFC designates to be the backup. Unfortunately, as named fighters like Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson are coming off losses, they can’t be given a spot. And newer entrants into the top five like Beneil Dariush don’t have the elevated profile for such a card.

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UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor: All in or nothing

There’s a sudden dip in the star power at lightweight following a long reign of high-profile champions and contenders. While the newer crop of elite fighters is undoubtedly talented, they’re yet to capture the attention of the masses. Consider the champ, Charles Oliveira, who isn’t as recognizable a figure as Khabib Nurmagomedov or Conor McGregor to the average fan.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, all that could change, as the winner of Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will more than likely fight for the belt. Win or lose, ‘Do Bronx’ will certainly get the rub from sharing the octagon with either man.

Additionally, the other divisional contenders will look to use UFC 264’s timeline as a stopgap to enter contention themselves. The general consensus is that the lightweight belt is about to jump around and to the victor go the spoils.

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Darryl Pinto

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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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