Dana White has revealed the pay-per-view trends for Conor McGregor’s return to UFC action against Dustin Poirier are BIGGER than the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
‘The Notorious’ will fight for the first time in more than a year when he meets Poirier on Fight Island at UFC 257.
McGregor will also make his return to lightweight for the first time since he was submitting by Khabib at UFC 229 in October 2018.
The Russian, who retired last year, remains undefeated in professional combat and will go down as the greatest to ever do it at 155lbs.
However, White is still trying to convince ‘The Eagle’ to return to fighting and met with Khabib last week. Although the 32-year-old admitted he would only return if he saw something ‘spectacular’, the UFC President is still pushing.
The pair met once again at a UAE Warriors event as part of White’s ‘Looking for A Fight’ series in Abu Dhabi and he was caught on camera goading the current lightweight champion.
He said: “This fight with Poirier is trending bigger than the fight with you and Conor on pay-per-view.
“Imagine what you and Conor would do in another fight.”
The main event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas drew an attendance of 20,034 fans to generate a live gate revenue of $17.2million. It remains the biggest PPV event in MMA history with an astonishing 2.4m buys.
As always on the show, White was joined by former UFC fighters Din Thomas and Matt Serra and ‘The Eagle’ gave his prediction for the fight.
“Just two rounds – Conor,” he said. “Early it is Conor.
“But, third round, number four, I think Dustin can beat this guy.”