Dana White Says McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov II Could Happen This Year


UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor by fourth round submission in the main event of UFC 229.

A victorious Nurmagomedov would hop the Octagon wall after the bout to go after McGregor’s corner, inciting a huge brawl. Nurmagomedov and McGregor are both expected to receive their punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for their roles in the brawl on January 29.

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Dana White says as long as the fighters aren’t suspended for all of 2019, a rematch between the two could happen this year.

“I think a lot of people want to see that fight,” White said to TMZ Sports. “Obviously, again, we still haven’t gone before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That’s gotta happen, and when that does we can figure out how this whole thing plays out. Is Max [Holloway] moving to 155? Tony Ferguson is obviously in the mix, so we gotta see how this thing plays out. Obviously guys are going to have to win. It depends on how long the suspensions are and things like that, but yeah. As long as everything goes right, this fight should happen (in 2019).”

Former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson, whom White mentioned in the statement to TMZ Sports, is ranked ahead of McGregor at this point in time. While Max Holloway, whom White also mentioned, is coming off of a successful featherweight title defense over Brian Ortega at UFC 231.

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