The veteran will finally headline a UFC pay-per-view event for the first time in his 16-year professional career when he faces Nate Diaz for a mythological belt on Nov. 2.
The fan-favorite is known more as a brawler, but believes a more cerebral attack is his key to pursuing the lightweight title.
The lightweight champion remained undefeated in his first fight since a win in October over Conor McGregor, who issued a challenge for a rematch on social media.
A breakdown of the fights on the main card of UFC 242 on Saturday at The Arena at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Underdog hopes to be the first fighter to defeat star lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
The 30-year-old needed just 42 seconds to knock out women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade in the main event of UFC Fight Night 157.
The lightweight champion declined comment on a question about his arch-rival during a conference call promoting his upcoming UFC 242 title defense against Dustin Poirier.
The former two-division champion, who continues to make questionable decisions outside the cage, indicated he plans to fight this year. His last bout was in October.
The 38-year-old will fight for the first time since November 2017 when he meets Matt Saunders in a welterweight bout Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena.
White officially had to backtrack five years after making the statement after Diaz drew big numbers at UFC 241 for his return to the cage after a three-year hiatus.
Stipe Miocic knocked out heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the fourth round, and Nate Diaz won a unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis in a welterweight fight.
A breakdown of the fights on the main card of UFC 241 on Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The 34-year-old will end a three-year hiatus from the sport when he meets Anthony Pettis in a welterweight contender bout at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim, California.