This star thinks a big change is coming.
UFC has announced that interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson would fight title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.
As seen in the past, McGregor usually gets what he wants when he demands it. McGregor has not been seen in the world famous Octagon since last November at UFC 205 when he won the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.
McGregor then fought in a boxing match with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in August of last year which saw Mayweather score TKO win.
UFC 223 is slated to take place on Saturday, April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
Dustin Poirier recently told MMA Fighting that he believes the promotion will strip McGregor of the title and the winner of Nurmagomedov - Ferguson will become the new champion.
“I think they’re stripping Conor here, and they’re going to fight for the real belt,” Poirier told MMA Fighting. “Just the two styles, I think Khabib’s going to pressure him and be stronger and better on top, harder to submit,” Poirier said.
“I mean, if Kevin Lee can take Ferguson down, Khabib is going to do the same. And we’ll see. We’ll see [Ferguson] on his back again, we’ll see him throwing elbows and throwing submissions.
It’s an interesting fight, for sure, but I think the most dangerous thing is how long it lasts on the feet.
“I know Tony’s really unpredictable, moves in weird, awkward ways, different timing. Khabib’s not as fluid of a striker, but we’ve never really seen Khabib in trouble on top, in guard. He does a lot of damage from the top position as well.
So it’s an interesting fight, but I think Khabib’s going to come out ahead.”
“I’m on the right track,” Poirier said. “I’ve just got to keep winning, and winning solves everything. So I’m going to come out here in two months and beat Gaethje, and I feel like I might get a title shot. I feel like I should get a title shot with that win.
“Get past Gaethje and fight the winner (of UFC 223), and I think it’s going to be Khabib.”
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