Dana White has gone on record several times that he’s not a fan of Conor McGregor fighting at 170lbs, but he’s now admitted he’s changed his mind after witnessing his 40 second demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 last night.
“I was blown away,” White said at the UFC 246 post-even press conference on Saturday night. “He looked unbelievable. You won’t hear another peep out of me about [him] fighting at 170. He came out fast, he hit hard, and he had a great game plan.”
That being said, White still believes that the fight to make next is a rematch with current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“When you look at what makes sense, we’re at a place right now where Conor was saying going into the Khabib fight (at UFC 229) – he had lot of personal stuff,” White said backstage after the event. “Some stuff (was) self-inflicted. He had injuries. He had all these things going on. He has been obsessed with getting that rematch because he knows he wasn’t 100 percent, right?
“When you look at this for Khabib, Khabib is 28-0. He’s undefeated. You start talking about this kid’s legacy. First of all, to go 28-0 in this sport? I don’t care who you’ve fought. It’s tough to do. Well, this guy is a world champion. After tonight, with how Khabib won the first time, and how famous Khabib has become since that first fight, we’re looking at Hagler-Hearns. We’re looking at Ali-Foreman (or) Ali-Frazier. This is a massive fight with global appeal. It’s the fight you make.”