UFC's Dana White: Conor McGregor Wants Khabib Rematch After TKO Win vs. Cerrone

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2020

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 18:  Conor McGregor waits for the start of his welterweight bout against Donald Cerrone during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor wants his next fight to be a rematch with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to UFC president Dana White

Speaking to TMZ Sports after the Irishman's 40-second victory over Donald Cerrone on Saturday, his first fight back in the Octagon after 15 months, White said McGregor is eyeing another clash with Khabib:

"Conor wants Khabib. Conor always has a lot of options. He wants Khabib, that's the fight he wants, and we'll see what happens. ... I think Khabib makes sense, too." 

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McGregor's TKO victory over Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas was his first UFC win since he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016:

In the interim, he lost by submission to Khabib in the fourth round at UFC 229 in October 2018 when the lightweight title was on the line.

There is little love lost between McGregor, 31, and his Russian rival, whose professional MMA record currently stands at 28-0.

Khabib's last victory came at UFC 242 in September, when he beat Dustin Poirier by submission in the third round.

McGregor has previously held both the UFC featherweight and lightweight titles, but his win against Cerrone came at welterweight in only his third 170-pound bout:

McGregor's career was arguably on the line against the 34-year-old American.

Had he lost, his prospects would have been bleak after three defeats in five fights.

Saturday's victory, and the brutal manner in which he took it, though, have made it clear that McGregor remains one of the sport's most dynamic and devastating fighters.

A rematch against Khabib would be a huge occasion and offer McGregor the opportunity to get one of his titles back. 

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