UFC boss Dana White looking for Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier replacement in case one of them pull out of July clash

UFC boss Dana White is looking for a backup fighter in case either Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier pull out of their 10 July fight.

The pair are set to clash for the third time at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.


And the tie-breaking trilogy fight will serve as the UFC's first full-capacity event in Vegas since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

But UFC boss White is searching for a back-up fighter just in case something goes wrong.

He told Bleacher Report: "I'm actually looking for someone right now to be the backup on that card.

 "Nobody's jumping out. Nobody's kicking down my door."

American Poirier stunned McGregor in the second round of their fight in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, avenging his loss against Notorious at UFC 178, September 2014.

Poirier sat McGregor down with a big right hook before finishing with two shots.

UFC 264 – the biggest UFC event of the year – will decide the winner of the trilogy.

McGregor's long-time training partner Artem Lobov is backing his friend to knock Poirier out in the first round.

Lobov believes that McGregor took the last fight lightly, believing it would be a repeat of their pair's 2014 fight.

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The expectation is that the winner will go on to face newly crowned lightweight champion Charles Oliveira.

But White doesn't quite see it panning out like that.

On a McGregor-Poirier shot at Oliveira's lightweight title, White said: "I don't know.

"I gotta watch this fight and see how it plays out."

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