Dana White admits Conor McGregor was 'right' to want new poster

BY Jonathan Bradley • February 4, 2016

The superfight between Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 has a new event poster thanks in large part to complaints from the featherweight champion that the original wasn't iconic enough. UFC president Dana White said Wednesday during an appearance on Washington, D.C. 106.7 The Fan's "Grant and Danny Show" that McGregor had a valid argument for the change.

"Conor made his argument, 'This is a superfight. I'm a [145]-pound champion. He's the [155]-pound champion. My belt should be represented even though I'm not defending my belt.'

"And I said, 'You know what? You're right, Conor. All right, we'll do it,' " White said.

The original poster featured dos Anjos, with belt over his shoulder, standing in front of a belt-less McGregor. To be honest, it looked a lot like many of the other recent title-fight posters the UFC has been putting out lately.

But for a superfight, according to McGregor, the poster wasn't up to par.

"This is a superfight. Where are all these historic images? These are posters that will be looked back on long after it's all said and done and then you've got to look back on that absolute garbage," McGregor said at the then-named UFC 197 pre-fight press conference.

"I think I might have to go into that department 'cause they must be getting comfortable in that poster department."

The new poster, which was released Tuesday, seems a bit closer to what McGregor had in mind. Both fighters are face-to-face, dos Anjos coated in Brazilian green, McGregor in Irish red, with the words "champion vs. champion" floating between them and both belts obviously on display. And bantamweight champion Holly Holm and challenger Miesha Tate get some love at the bottom.

McGregor had a point, and the new poster works for us, but let us know what you think in the poll below.

(h/t MMA Fighting)

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