Conor McGregor's return to UFC will come at some point, although the fall out from his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov means we don't know when, and Dana White has dropped a huge hint as who his next fight will be against.
It has been just two months since Conor McGregor last competed it the UFC. Before his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov in October it had been two years since the Irishman had last stepped in the octagon so there's currently no rush.
The fact that McGregor, and the Russian, are still waiting to find out what punishment they will each face for their involvements in the aftermath of the fight mean we've no idea how long till they're back competing.
Khabib is still the lightweight champion and is likely to face Tony Ferguson in the future after the American beat Anthony Pettis in the co-main event for McGregor vs Khabib.
And it seems that UFC president Dana White wants to incorporate Ferguson, Khabib and McGregor into a mini tournament for the Russian's title, adding a fourth man into the mix.
Speaking following FS1's TUF 28 Finale White ruled out McGregor fighting Donald Cerrone and instead suggested a rematch with Dustin Poirier, saying:
"The 'Cowboy' Cerrone fight has never, ever been discussed. That's completely not true.
"I said the fight that makes sense right now is probably Poirier. And then Tony gets a shot at the title and the two winners fight each other. But I'm not sure exactly on a date when Conor is gonna fight yet. We have to get through this Nevada State Athletic Commission stuff first."
Poirier could be McGregor's next opponent. Image: PA Images
Following the brawls that McGregor and Khabib were part of after their UFC 229 fight the pair will face the Nevada Athletic Commission on December 10th to find out their punishments.
Whenever the potential fight does happen Poirier is clearly already excited by the possibility of the rematch with the Notorious, the pair faced at UFC 178 at featherweight, taking to Twitter to reference one of McGregor's catchphrases:
The 29 year old American was meant to be facing Nate Diaz at UFC 230 but he had to back out over an injury and last fought in July when he beat Eddie Alvarez.
A mini tournament could see the rematch between McGregor and Khabib, before that the pair must face the NAC and another opponent.