Daily Debate results: Who should Conor McGregor fight when he returns to UFC?

There’s no telling when Conor McGregor will return to the cage, but UFC president Dana White is confident that he will.

Not that White knows whom McGregor will face, but he apparently has ruled out two options for the former UFC two-division champ.

On Wednesday, white told TMZ that McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will not be facing either the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier or Jorge Masvidal, who has called for an “easy” payday by fighting McGregor.

And so, if that’s truly the case, and those options are off the table, then who should McGregor fight when he returns? That was the question we asked for our latest Daily Debate.

The results (via Twitter), which were super close:

It should be noted that our question went out before news broke of Donald Cerrone being booked to fight Justin Gaethje in September.

To hear the MMA Junkie Radio crew weigh in, watch the video above.

For more on upcoming UFC events, check out the UFC schedule.

MMA Junkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio. You can also check out www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmfightnation.

Watch MMA Junkie Radio here at 8 p.m. ET with Kayla Harrison, Corey Anderson, Andre Harrison

MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with guests Kayla Harrison, Corey Anderson and Andre Harrison.

Kayla Harrison has sealed her spot in the PFL women’s lightweight playoffs and will join the show to discuss her preparation heading in. UFC light heavyweight Anderson has expressed his desire to be champion Jon Jones’ next opponent. Andre Harrison fights Movlid Khaybulaev on July 25 at PFL Week 5.

MMA Junkie Radio airs from 8-10 p.m. ET (5-7 p.m. PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live above or on MMAjunkie’s YouTube page. Additionally, SiriusXM Fight Nation (Ch. 156) airs the show live, or you can catch an on-demand replay on the SiriusXM apnp.

MMA Junkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ONLINE): Watch a live stream on MMA Junkie’s YouTube page.HOW TO CALL: MMA Junkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call the MMA Junkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMA Junkie Radio live and in person at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s sports book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to http://www.mandalaybay.com. (Note: You must be 21 or older to enter the casino.)
  • HOW TO INTERACT: Follow MMA Junkie Radio on your favorite social-media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Never miss an episode of MMAjunkie by subscribing via iTunes, Stitcher or Audioboom.

Watch MMA Junkie Radio here at 8 p.m. ET

MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

Tonight, “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” will talk about the latest in MMA news, including UFC president Dana White’s comments about Conor McGregor’s future, how that affects Jorge Masvidal, Cody Garbrandt’s thoughts on steroid use, and more.

MMA Junkie Radio airs from 8-10 p.m. ET (5-7 p.m. PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live above or on MMAjunkie’s YouTube page. Additionally, SiriusXM Fight Nation (Ch. 156) airs the show live, or you can catch an on-demand replay on the SiriusXM apnp.

MMA Junkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ONLINE): Watch a live stream on MMA Junkie’s YouTube page.HOW TO CALL: MMA Junkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call the MMA Junkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMA Junkie Radio live and in person at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s sports book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to http://www.mandalaybay.com. (Note: You must be 21 or older to enter the casino.)
  • HOW TO INTERACT: Follow MMA Junkie Radio on your favorite social-media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Never miss an episode of MMAjunkie by subscribing via iTunes, Stitcher or Audioboom.

Stream or download MMA Junkie Radio #2962 with Tito Ortiz, Jay Hieron

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMA Junkie Radio with guests Tito Ortiz and Jay Hieron.

Ortiz talked about his upcoming fight with former WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio and about working on fight scenes in films. Hieron, meanwhile, reflected on how his MMA career gave him the opportunity to pursue his Hollywood dreams, and he gave advice to up-and-coming fighters based on what he learned in his MMA journey.

Stream or download the entire episode over at AudioBoom.com, or watch a replay in the video above.

Conor McGregor not getting Khabib-Poirier winner or Masvidal, Dana White says

Jorge Masvidal can close the door on at least one of the fights he was hoping for. The boss said a matchup with Conor McGregor isn’t going to happen for him.

UFC president Dana White was cornered by TMZ Sports and asked what might be next for McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC), a former featherweight and lightweight champion who is approaching a year since his most recent fight.

White said he expects McGregor to be back by early 2020 at the latest. But he said the recently resurgent Masvidal (34-13 UFC, 11-6 UFC) won’t get a welterweight fight against McGregor, even though McGregor fought twice at the weight class against Nate Diaz in 2016.

“Masvidal’s too big for Conor,” White said. “(McGregor) shouldn’t have (fought at 170). I hated that he did it. Not only did I hate that he did it once, I hated that he did it twice.

“There’s plenty of fights for (Masvidal) in his weight division without Conor. He’s too big for Conor. Conor doesn’t belong at 170. He’s got the balls to fight at 170, but he doesn’t belong there. Hell no, (it won’t happen).”

White wouldn’t commit to a next fight for Masvidal, who is coming off a UFC record-setting five-second knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 earlier this month. It was his second straight knockout win. He stopped former title challenger Darren Till with a double bonus-winning knockout in March.

Tuesday, Masvidal’s manager said the fighter planned to only fight either McGregor next, or current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

As for McGregor, White also seemed to rule out him fighting the winner of the upcoming lightweight title unification fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Dustin Poirier, which headlines UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.

“I think he’ll either back this year or early next year,” White said. “We’ll see how this whole thing plays out in September. No, (he doesn’t get the Nurmagomedov-Poirier winner), but it’ll shake a lot of things up, whoever wins that fight.”

For more on upcoming UFC events, check out the UFC schedule.