Dana White says McGregor and Khabib rematch is absolutely possible
UFC President Dana White has said that a rematch between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov is 'absolutely possible'.
Nurmagomedov convincingly dismantled McGregor in their first fight last October with the undefeated Russian winning via fourth round submission.
White indicated last year that McGregor was keen for a rematch with the lightweight champion and he has now revealed that that fight may happen next year.
“It would be a massive fight and it’s absolutely possible, yes,” White said on The Rich Eisen show.
“I think McGregor is gonna come back at the beginning of next year. So, realistically, all these guys are looking at September to see what happens with Khabib and Poirier. After that fight plays out, I think there’s gonna be a lot of movement going on.”
The fight between McGregor and Khabib at UFC 229 smashed the promotion's previous pay-per-view record of 1.6 million buys with their Las Vegas bout pulling in a reported 2.4 million buys.
Nurmagomedov will now face Dustin Poirier in a title unification bout at UFC 242 with a lot of different options available to both fighters after that fight.
McGregor has not fought since the bout with Nurmagomedov but White has insisted that the money involved could make it a possibility.
“It’s a very interesting division because you have Khabib, you have Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone’s in the mix, Justin Gaethje - there’s just so many unbelievable fights in that weight class and Khabib keeps talking about fighting Georges St. Pierre again,” White said.
“St-Pierre retired but when St-Pierre retired, he retired basically saying I won’t if I can fight Khabib. So there’s so many different, crazy, interesting things that we can do at that weight class."
He concluded: “Any time there’s too much money involved, Rich, bet on it happening.”