UFC president Dana White believes in addition-by-subtraction when it comes to declaring title contenders.
That’s why White feels Conor McGregor – just four fights into his UFC career – could be in line to face the winner of Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes for the featherweight title next.
McGregor is coming off a convincing win over Dustin Poirier recently, while Aldo-Mendes are set for this month at UFC 179 in Brazil.
“Here’s the thing: If you go down the list, every one of those guys has fought Jose Aldo already,” White said in an interview with UFC.com. “Conor hasn’t. So who do you line up next for the champ other than Conor? Everybody else has fought him.”
White also clarified the McGregor vs. Diego Sanchez rumors, saying “Notorious” did ask for the bout. Norman Parke, a teammate of McGregor’s, was recently forced out of the November fight due to a knee injury.
“So Lorenzo (Fertitta) and I went to dinner with him (Wednesday) night, and he said he wants to fight Diego Sanchez in Mexico at 155. I said, ‘You’re nuts. No way, we’ll get you a fight. You’ll be fighting soon enough.’ The kid just wants to fight,” White said. “He said him and Diego have been talking back and forth for a while and he wanted to fight him. We basically told him no and he went out and put that on Twitter anyway.”