White says McGregor and Khabib would have rematch 'in a perfect world'

Dana White insists Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov would have their long-awaited rematch ‘in a perfect world’, insisting it is the ‘fight that makes sense’ ahead of Irishman’s return to the Octagon

  • Dana White is planning to speak to Khabib Nurmagomedov at Fight Island
  • The UFC president wants the undefeated fighter to come out of retirement
  • White insisted a rematch with Conor McGregor is the fight that makes sense
  • McGregor will make his comeback against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 next month 

Dana White says he will speak to Khabib Nurmagomedov about a long-awaited rematch with Conor McGregor with the UFC president insisting it’s the ‘biggest fight that can be made.’

Khabib will be at Fight Island to watch his cousin Umar, who is on the undercard for McGregor’s comeback fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on January 23. 

White has refused to strip the undefeated fighter of his title in the hope he will reverse his decision to retire and plans to discuss the possibility with him next month.

Dana White will speak to Khabib Nurmagomedov about a rematch with Conor McGregor

The UFC president believes a rematch between the pair is the biggest fight that can be made

‘When I fly out there (to ‘Fight Island’), Khabib is going to be there, too. I’m going to meet with Khabib while I’m there,’ White said on the ‘SHOUT!’ Buffalo podcast.

‘In a perfect world, if Conor wins this fight, I’d love to see the rematch with him and Khabib. It’s the biggest fight that can be made, and it’s the fight that makes sense.’ 

The Russian announced he was walking away from the sport just seconds after defeating No 1 challenger Justin Gaethje back in October. He reiterated his intention to stay retired earlier this month and suggested the winner of McGregor vs Poirier will eventually succeed him as the lightweight champion. 

The Russian reiterated his desire to remain retired from the sport earlier this month

He told Match TV via translation by RT Sport: ‘The top three [lightweight] fighters right now are Poirier, McGregor and [Islam] Makhachev. He is not in the top five yet, but those are the best fighters.

‘My belt will [eventually] be taken by the winner of Dustin and Conor.’ 

Khabib insisted he is ready to vacate his title and only remains the champion because of White’s persistence in trying to persuade him to return. 

He added: ‘Dana and I are in touch and did not discuss the moment with the vacant belt,’ he said. ‘This is because they want me to continue. This is clear – I have been in the league for nine years and have not lost. 

‘I have a story, a big fanbase. I don’t blame them and their desire is understandable. They persuade, I will not hide, but this is not surprising. They offer conditions and fighters, but it’s hard to surprise fighters. I finished half of the top 10 ahead of schedule.

McGregor will be back in the Octagon to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on January 23 

‘And so yes, I repeat: there are conditions and offers. In a couple of weeks, Dana and I will discuss all the points.’   

McGregor will be back in the Octagon for the first time in a year after reversing his decision to retire in June.

The Irishman took just one minute and 46 seconds to beat Poirier at UFC 178 back in 2014. His coach, Phil Sutcliffe, claimed McGregor is levels above in terms of skill and insisted he will have ‘too much quality’ for the American next month.

He told The MacLife: ‘I know Conor knocked him early, but Conor’s (got) too much boxing ability. Poirier comes straight at you, his arms are wide open. His arms are like this (opens arms wide). Conor will be able to get his shots or his kicks or anything in there like he did the last time.’

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