2018 could be a very big year for the UFC and Dana White recently caught up with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports to unveil some of the planning. While the company isn’t necessarily chalked full of star power right now (as negotiations are set to begin on the television side), White’s comments outlined two potential blockbuster fights.
First, a set-up is in place that would pit Khabib Nurmagomedov, who does not exactly lack confidence right now, against interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson at some point in the near future. Just what context will be included remains up for debate, though, and White indicated that in the interview.
“As long as Conor is willing to fight by March, we could do Khabib vs. Tony … and then the winner fights Conor for the title. Or, if Conor wants to sit out until next fall, then we’d have to make Khabib vs. Tony for the title – not the interim title.”
The notion that Conor McGregor could be in the mix sooner rather than later would be interesting on a number of levels and White also teased a match-up between Cris Cyborg (the featherweight champion) and Amanda Nunes (the bantamweight champion) in what would be likely the marquee women’s match-up of the calendar year. The UFC is built on monster battles between high-profile figures and, according to Dana White, there are at least two big ones on the horizon.