Conor Mcgregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov Will Most Likely Happen- Dana White Provides an Update

Published 01/10/2021, 11:03 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces-off with Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


The lightweight division is in disarray at the moment. The champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is retired, but he has not been stripped of the belt thus far. Dana White believes that he can convince ‘The Eagle’ to come back for one last fight in the UFC to make it 30-0. 

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Meanwhile, the likes of Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Charles Oliveira all vying for the top spot to face Khabib on his return to the sport. 

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia looks across the Octagon at his opponent Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Oliveira is on a stunning win streak at the moment and disposed of Tony Ferguson in spectacular fashion in his last fight. He has now positioned himself well for a title shot. However, recent reports suggest that he will be facing Justin Gaethje next. 

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Therefore, the likely candidate to welcome Khabib back to the octagon should he wish to fight again would be the winner of Dustin and Conor. 

From a business point of view, a rematch between Conor and Khabib would be a mammoth PPV event for the UFC. Their previous encounter at UFC 229 sold in excess of 2 million PPVs. A rematch would surely do as well, if not better than the first fight. 

Is Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov 2 a pipe dream?

In a recent interview, Brett Okamoto of ESPN asked Dana White if Conor McGregor was the right opponent for Khabib’s return to the octagon. White replied, “No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only of the best in the world but one of the best to ever do it. And right now, he is as focused as he has ever been. I don’t know if this is going to be the same Conor after the Poirier fight, but if this Conor sticks around for another year, How do you not do Conor vs Khabib again?”

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For a fight against Khabib to even be considered, Conor will have to beat Dustin at UFC 257, which is easier said than done. ‘The Notorious’ might also have to win in spectacular fashion to entice Khabib to grant him a rematch. 

Do you think MMA fans will have the pleasure of seeing Conor vs Khabib 2? Or is it a pipe dream?

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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