McGregor vs Khabib rematch teased by UFC chief Dana White within ‘the next year’

UFC president Dana White has teased that Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov could have a blockbuster rematch.

The two fought in 2018 with Khabib beating the Notorious in something of a grudge match.

Khabib retired in November having beaten Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, though many believe the 32-year-old could be tempted back into the Octagon.

McGregor has been out of action for a year though returns later this month to take on Dustin Poirier on Fight Island.

And White has praised the Irishman, believing a rematch with Khabib could be done if McGregor has a good year.

The UFC president added: "Right now, he [McGregor] is as focused as he's 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 the next year, how do you not do Khabib vs Conor again?"

Khabib hung up the gloves with a perfect MMA record of 29-0, and White believes making it a round 30 could tempt the Eagle back to fighting.

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He told ESPN: "As a promoter, you always want to see the best guys in the world, but at the same time, when a guy wants to retire, he probably should.

"The difference with a guy like Khabib is he's been through so much, and losing his dad was a major blow to him. Yet, his dad wanted him to hit 30-0.

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"No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only one of the best in the world, but one of the best to ever do it."

McGregor and Khabib’s UFC 229 is the highest bought fight in MMA history, 750,000 buys clear of the second most bought fight of all-time.

Their fight was hotly-anticipated following a war of words in the build-up with McGregor also attacking a bus at a previous media day.

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