And White suggested that a trilogy bout could follow.
“I think Conor had a good first round, doing what Conor does, but Poirier did, too,” White said at the post-fight press conference.
“I think Poirier fought the way he needed to in the first round. Every time I did an interview, I had to talk about Dustin Poirier, because he was totally overlooked.”
White admitted he had not thought in depth about what is next for McGregor, who has now won just three of his last six UFC bouts, saying: “I don’t know, we’ll see.
“I’m sure in a few hours he’ll be blowing me up, telling me a million things he wants to do. So we’ll see what he wants to do.
“There’s always a trilogy when you’ve got 1-1,” White said, with a potential third bout between McGregor and old rival Nate Diaz also likely to be on the table, with Diaz set to move down to 155lbs for his next contest.
“Tuesday is match-making, we’ll start figuring stuff out,” White added.
When asked about how McGregor will respond to the defeat, the first knockout loss of his professional MMA career, the American said: “I think it’ll make him hungry, I think it’ll make him hungrier.
“There’s two ways this goes: hungrier or ‘I’m done.’
“He’s got the money. I’m a huge Rocky fan; this is like Rocky III.
“When you get off a 310ft yacht, you’re living that good life, it’s tough to be a savage.
“On his way up, [McGregor] was a young, hungry kid. He didn’t have any money, and he wanted nice suits, nice cars, nice houses.
“He’s got everything he ever wanted. It goes this way or that way.”
“The leg kicks were good, my leg was dead. I just wasn’t as comfortable as I needed to be.
“Dustin’s some fighter. I have to dust it off and come back. I need activity. You don’t get away with being inactive in this business.
“I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted. It’s a tough one to swallow. I put in a lot of work. I’m gonna get home to my kids at the hotel and just chill for a bit.”