Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor are expected to meet for a second time at UFC 257, but according to UFC President Dana White, no title will be on the line at the event because he expects Khabib Nurmagomedov to return to action.
White confirmed this during the Contenders Series Episode 36 post-fight press conference.
“No, Khabib’s going to fight,” White said (via Farah Hannoun & John Morgan of MMA Junkie). “I believe he’s going to. (McGregor-Poirier is) not for the title.”
Nurmagomedov announced his retirement at UFC 254, but White has been adamant since the event that he’ll eventually returned to action.
The UFC President believes that Nurmagomedov will return to get his pro MMA record to 30-0.
“I told you guys that I think he’s going to go to 30 (wins),” White said. “If he’s still testing – why the hell would you want to test still if you’re not going to fight? He hasn’t committed, but I feel like he’s going to, and I’m not really pushing him. We talked about it and he just fought. Let him take some time, spend some time with his family, spend the holidays. There’s no rush.”