The UFC are reportedly looking to book Conor McGregor versus Dustin Poirier, before he's even fought Cole Miller.
The Irish star is set to make his return to the UFC with a fight against Miller at UFC Fight Night: Dublin in July, but the UFC is confident enough that they're looking to match him against the #6 fighter.
It would be a big jump in skill for McGregor and would be his first fight against a top 10 ranked opponent. However, in order to get that fight he does have to get through Miller first.
Speaking on UFC Tonight, journalist Ariel Helwani, revealed that the UFC already has plans for McGregor, should he successfully get past Miller in his home town.
It's a fight that McGregor wants as well. He spoke on Helwani's radio show 'The MMA Hour' recently, stating that "I want Dustin. I want Dustin real bad."
The UFC see a star in McGregor and he certainly carries himself as a star in his interviews and on social media.
He's 14-2 in his career and 2-0 in the UFC and revealed after his debut fight that he was on 'the dole' and was struggling to get by before he won that fight. Since then the man known as 'Notorious' has let his mouth fly.
Several top 10 talents want a shot at him already, looking to make a name for themselves by defeating Dana White and the UFC's next project.
McGregor hasn't backed down from any fights publically, but with this news, it's clear that the UFC officials have a plan for his ascent through the division, provided he gets the wins.
If McGregor can keep winning and get himself a title shot, he could be the star of the lighter weight divisions that the UFC so desperately wants.
While they have arguably the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world as their current Featherweight champion in Jose Aldo (whose only loss happened at lightweight), the UFC would prefer a charismatic, English speaking champion in order to better promote.
When McGregor walks to the ring in-front of a raucous home crowd in July, it will make him look like a star to fans and casual viewers but it will be his performance that matters the most. If he backs up the hype, well then the UFC and Dana White will be overcome with joy at the prospect of a megastar in the making.
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