UFC 264: Dana White Confirms Poirier Up Next for Oliveira, McGregor to Have Surgery Sunday

Dana White, UFC 264
Dana White, UFC 264 Post-fight press conference Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Las Vegas, NV — Dana White has confirmed that Conor McGregor did indeed break his leg in the main event of UFC 264. And Dustin Poirier will get the next title shot.

“Second leg break in what, the last three fights or something? It sucks, it’s brutal, it’s not the way you want to see fights end,” White exclaimed during the UFC 264 post-fight press conference. “Dustin Poirier will fight for the title, and when Conor’s healed and ready to go, you do the rematch I guess. I don’t know.”

As to the status of the Irish star, White revealed to media outlets including Cageside Press that “he goes into surgery in the morning.”

White didn’t get a chance to speak with McGregor save for a brief moment in the octagon. But he agrees that the rivalry between McGregor and Poirier is far from over.

“Hey listen, the fight didn’t get finished. You can’t have a fight finish that way,” White stated. “We’ll see how this whole things play out. Who knows how long Conor’s out. Poirier will do his thing until Conor’s ready.”

For now, it’s on to a title fight with Charles Oliveira for Poirier, though no date is set. As for the trash talk that McGregor continued on with while sitting injured on the octagon floor, White hadn’t caught wind of it. McGregor took heavy criticism after dragging Dustin Poirier’s wife into his taunts.

“I didn’t hear it, I didn’t hear one word of it,” White said of the trash talk. But, added the UFC President, he doesn’t like hearing fighters bring family into the trash talk. “Leave people’s family and wives and all that stuff out of it. Family has nothing to do with it.”

Asked if he thought McGregor was seriously hurt — outside of the leg injury — during the bout, White replied by saying that “if his ankle doesn’t break, I think we go to the end of the round.”