UFC president Dana White has hinted that a Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch could be on the cards following the Irishman’s stunning comeback victory over Donald Cerrone.
And he also suggested the fight could take place in the United Kingdom after ruling out Moscow as a venue.
McGregor took just 40 seconds to defeat Cerrone in Las Vegas, easily beating his opponent after a series of brutal blows to claim victory.
This was the Irishman’s first appearance since his loss to Khabib in 2018, and speaking following his win White said McGregor was desperate to get revenge on the Russian.
“Every time there is someone out there fun, there’s always someone fun who can fight Conor,” he said.
“When you look at what makes sense, he had lots of personal stuff going into the Khabib fight. He has been obsessed with getting that rematch.
“Khabib is 28-0 and you have to start talking about legacy. After tonight and after the first fight, we’re looking at Hagler-Hearns, Ali-Foreman.
“This is a massive fight with global appeal. This is the fight to make. Masvidal doesn’t have a world championship… Khabib is the fight to make.”
White also said any rematch would take place in the UK or USA, but thinks a Las Vegas repeat won’t happen.
He continued: “There are many reasons it won’t happen in Moscow. It will either happen in the US or in London.
“Unfortunately, Khabib is not a big Vegas fan after what happened to him here last time.”
White even went as far as to say that a rematch with Khabib could be an even bigger event than when McGregor took to the ring to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fight which was described as ‘The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History.’
“Khabib vs Conor is the biggest fight in the sport’s history but I think it might rival Conor vs Floyd.
“There are a lot of different things that make sense that you could do. I need to see what he wants.
“He really wants the Khabib fight and I think he’s willing to wait for it.
“Do I want to see the Conor vs Masvidal fight? Sure, but we’ve got to do what’s right.
“It’s a huge fight for their legacy and for the sport.”