Dana White: Poirier Will Fight Oliveira for UFC Title, McGregor Rematch Likely

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJuly 11, 2021

Dustin Poirier is declared the winner after Conor McGregor was injured during a UFC 264 lightweight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher

Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor via first-round TKO (doctor's stoppage) at UFC 264 on Saturday after McGregor suffered a lower leg injury.

The result apparently opens up two separate fights for Poirier, per UFC President Dana White to reporters following the matchup:

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White said he believes McGregor would have made it out of the round if not for the injury. He said when McGregor heals, a fourth fight with Poirier is likely. And Poirier is next for the title shot. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFC264?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UFC264</a>

Poirier was ranked as the No. 1 contender for Charles Oliveira's lightweight title going into the night, and he'll certainly stay there after taking down the No. 5 contender in McGregor.

Oliveira won the vacant lightweight title with a second-round TKO over Michael Chandler in May. The title was up for grabs after former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired.

The 31-year-old Oliveira is 31-8 with one no-contest lifetime.

Although Saturday's fight ended via doctor's stoppage, Poirier was in clear control of the bout, as the judges' scorecards noted:

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10-8<br>10-8<br>10-9<br><br>Two judges had Dustin Poirier 10-8 up after the first round. <a href="https://t.co/XGTA28tV15">pic.twitter.com/XGTA28tV15</a>

Poirier, who is 28-6 with one no-contest for his professional career, has won seven of his last eight fights. One of the victories was over Max Holloway for the interim lightweight title belt. The only loss was to Khabib for the lightweight title.

White also implied that a fourth fight with McGregor could be in the works, though, and that would certainly be amenable to the Irishman:

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"This is not over!"<br><br>After an unfortunate ending to his <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFC264?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UFC264</a> fight against Dustin Poirier, <a href="https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheNotoriousMMA</a> is not ready to close the book on their rivalry. <a href="https://t.co/GBWUww53R2">pic.twitter.com/GBWUww53R2</a>

Poirier has beaten McGregor two of the three times they have fought. The first win was in January via second-round TKO. McGregor beat Poirier by first-round TKO in September 2014.