Conor McGregor still wants Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch ‘so bad’ insists UFC boss Dana White – The Sun
UFC president Dana White revealed Conor McGregor still wants the rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov "so bad" with the rivals still embroiled in a war of words.
McGregor was handed a humbling defeat against the Russian in October 2018, but a post-fight brawl between their pair's entourages kept the bad blood brewing.
Nurmagomedov, 31, has since defended his belt against Dustin Poirier, while The Notorious, also 31, won his first fight since 2016 after knocking out Donald Cerrone in January.
Lightweight king Khabib was due to defend his belt against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, but unable to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Justin Gaethje will now face the American for the interim belt before unifying against the champion.
It leaves McGregor – who was in talks to fear Gaethje in July – in the lurch, with the champion and two contenders now out of the picture.
But despite momentarily being frozen out of the title picture, UFC boss White insists the Irishman wants nothing but a crack at redemption.
When asked on a Reddit Q&A forum what rematch he wants to see most, he said: "I would have to say Conor vs. Khabib.
"Conor wants that rematch so bad, and I would love to see it."
Despite winning his UFC comeback at welterweight, White promised McGregor another shot at Nurmagomedov's lightweight belt.
But cage legend and now respected analyst Dan Hardy wants to see the Irish southpaw build his way to the title by first beating another ranked contender.
He told SunSport last month: “I don’t necessarily think the Khabib rematch is the right route to go if he wants to win the belt back and be considered the legitimate champion.
“I think there’s at least one more fight for him that needs to happen. Who that’s against, I’m not sure. You’ve got the likes of Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirer floating around that would be good tests for him.
“Another win against a top ranked opponent before he gets the shot would make his title campaign more legitimate."
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