The UFC president has told TMZ Sports that a second showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will likely happen if all goes to plan in 2019.
And can we really blame him for wanting another slice of that pie?
Their first meeting at UFC 229 was by far and away the most lucrative matchup in the history of the sport and one of the highest-selling PPV’s of all-time in combat sports.
The fight itself saw the Russian grappler Khabib impose his will on the Irishman McGregor for the most part but the event on whole was marred to a certain extent by the rather ugly post-fight scenes.
And sure, as time has gone on the shock of seeing the UFC lightweight champion quite literally take flight in an attempt to dive straight into the opposition corner has worn off, but to be honest, had the entire affair not transpired, we would more than likely already be building up to another fight containing one of the two fierce rivals.
According to UFC president Dana White, however, if both guys win their next bout, a rematch would be all-but-inevitable.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, White outlined his thoughts.
“I think a lot of people want to see that fight.
“We gotta see how this thing plays out. Obviously, again, we haven’t gone in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That’s gotta happen and when it does we can figure out how this whole thing plays out.
“Is Max [Holloway] moving to 155? Tony Ferguson’s obviously in the mix. We gotta see how this thing plays out.”
On the possibility of seeing Khabib/McGregor II in 2019, Dana stressed is belief that the fight will happen.
“Yeah, I do.
“Obviously, guys are going to have to win and it depends how long the suspensions are, but yeah, as long as everything goes right this fight should happen.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena