Dana White says that a potential rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor is absolutely possible.
“It’s a very interesting division because you have Khabib, you have Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone’s in the mix, Justin Gaethje - there’s just so many unbelievable fights in that weight class and Khabib keeps talking about fighting Georges St. Pierre again,” White said on The Rich Eisen Show (via Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “St-Pierre retired but when St-Pierre retired, he retired basically saying I won’t if I can fight Khabib. So there’s so many different, crazy, interesting things that we can do at that weight class. It would be a massive fight and it’s absolutely possible, yes. I think McGregor is gonna come back at the beginning of next year. So, realistically, all these guys are looking at September to see what happens with Khabib and Poirier. After that fight plays out, I think there’s gonna be a lot of movement going on.”
Nurmagomedov will first be defending the gold against UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, while McGregor hasn’t competed since UFC 229.
White says that McGregor has been staying in shape since his last bout, so the fighter could be ready to go anytime.
“To Conor’s credit and defense, you don’t see Conor running around filming movies,” White said. “If you look at his - he’s in great shape, he’s staying in shape, he’s training, and he’s seeing how this thing plays out.”
McGregor hasn’t picked up a victory in almost three years and that last win came over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November of 2016.