After initially stating that Cormier would be next in line with a victory, the UFC President backtracked slightly post-UFC 173 when he was asked whether he would recommend that Cormier sit on the sidelines to await the winner between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.
White stated that these decisions to sit on the sidelines were "always bad ideas" and could generally cost the challenger his title shot.
"Those are always bad ideas," White told Helwani after the fights. "When you think you want a layoff, somebody gets hurt - We'll see what happens, if he ends up fighting somebody else. But he is always down to fight.
"He looked great tonight. Some of the stuff he did."