Dana White’s rarely ever been one to delve into future, hypothetical matchups before a big title fight between two level opponents.
But like most moments involving UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor, circumstances are different.
This much was evident on Wednesday night, when White joined the folks at the FOX Sports 1 studio to discuss what future plans he has for the promotion’s featherweight division.
“If [McGregor] beats Jose Aldo, he told me he would also like to fight Frankie [Edgar],” White said. “We’ll see how this thing plays out.”
Edgar takes on former title contender Chad Mendes in the main event at the TUF 22 finale on Dec. 11 — just one night before Aldo and McGregor finally take to the cage at UFC 194.
Assuming McGregor wins that fight — a hypothetical scenario White hasn’t stopped himself from envisioning — the UFC president says the “Notorious” one would defend his unified featherweight strap in front of thousands of his screaming countrymen at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.
It’s hard to blame White for being so upfront about the UFC’s premature plans with a champion that’s yet to be crowned — McGregor’s quickly climbed the ranks as the most popular male fighter on Zuffa’s roster.
McGregor and his interim title take hold of the blue corner in UFC 194’s main event title fight against undisputed champion Jose Aldo on Dec. 12. Stacked with a separate title fight between undefeated middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold, a No. 1 contender’s match between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero, a grappler’s dream matchup between Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson, and a bout between two top featherweights in Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens, UFC 194 is pegged to be one of the UFC’s best pay-per-view outings to date.