Dana White Won’t Change 2020 Schedule For Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier won’t take place in 2020 if it’s up to UFC boss Dana White. 

While the UFC wants to save it for January, the former UFC champion wants it to take place on November 12th.

White told ESPN that he won’t move around planned main events for UFC 255 and UFC 256, which finishes out the year, for the biggest box office star. 

Dana White Won’t Change UFC Schedule For Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

“We offered him a fight, we got him his own date,” White told ESPN. “We didn’t have a date this year. We have everything laid out for this year, with world champions fighting for titles. He wants to fight Dustin Poirier apparently, so we went to [broadcast partner] ESPN and got him his own date. He’s been offered Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23.

“It’s a yes or no answer.” White said he does not know why McGregor is adamant he has to fight prior to Jan. 23. “I have no clue,” White said.

“That’s not how it works,” White said. “We laid out this year. He was retired. Would anybody disagree he was retired? Through this crazy pandemic year we’re going through, we faced a lot of challenges. There were a lot of things done to make this thing work. We made it happen. We have our schedule laid out. Fighters have committed to it. Fighters have started training for these fights. Conor came back and wants to fight Dustin, so we went out and got him his own date. It’s Jan. 23.”