Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov 2 Will Happen on One Condition Says Dana White

Published 12/31/2020, 12:31 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 17: UFC president Dana White interacts with media during the UFC Fight Night press conference at UFC APEX on September 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC President Dana White spoke to ‘Shout! The Buffalo Football’ podcast and had some interesting comments on Conor McGregor. The Irish megastar is set to return to UFC action on January 23, 2021, against Dustin Poirier. The bout is a rematch of a fight that took place back at UFC 178 in September 2014.

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Chiefly, the bout marks the return of Conor McGregor following yet another spontaneous retirement from MMA in early 2020. McGregor last fought back in January 2021 and stomped over Donald Cerrone with a 40 second TKO win. Poirier is the perfect high profile match-up that would inject the Irishman back into the mix at lightweight.

Dana White on what’s next for Conor McGregor

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Although the fight between McGregor and Poirier is far from decided, it seems as though the UFC boss has an idea about what’s next for ‘The Notorious’. White explained that he would like to rematch McGregor and Nurmagomedov if Conor were to win in a ‘perfect world’.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 07: Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 229 post fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“When I fly out there, Khabib is gonna be there, too. So, I’m going to meet with Khabib while I’m there. In a perfect world, if Conor wins this fight, I would 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.”

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The numbers don’t lie

Given the numbers that UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor 1 did, it’s no surprise that White is keen to run things back. Furthermore, the long-time company President has been looking for the perfect opportunity to get Khabib back into the mix. ‘The Eagle’ is formally retired from the sport and getting him back into the fold may be easier said than done.

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)

It’s unclear whether Nurmagomedov will come out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor as it’s a fight he has vehemently opposed. Regardless of that, ‘The Notorious’ has a significant task on his hands facing Poirier who’s a straight savage these days. Chiefly, the fight isn’t expected to play out like it did the first time and McGregor will have to focus his energy on ‘The Diamond’.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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