UFC's Dana White Says Conor McGregor Wants Khabib Rematch 'So Bad'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 1, 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06:  (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor made his triumphant return to the UFC Octagon in January by defeating Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone via first-round TKO at UFC 246.

That victory came 15 months after his last fight, a fourth-round submission loss to undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

If McGregor had his way, he would get a rematch with Khabib sooner rather than later, per UFC President Dana White.

"I would have to say Conor vs. Khabib," White said in a Reddit AMA (h/t ESPN MMA) when asked what rematch he would like to see the most. "Conor wants that rematch so bad, and I would love to see it."

Their last fight ended in a post-match brawl that involved both camps and spilled into the stands.

Afterward, Nurmagedov was fined $500,000 and suspended nine months, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reported that McGregor received a $50,000 fine and six-month suspension.

Khabib, who is 28-0 lifetime, returned last September with a third-round submission win over Dustin Poirier for the lightweight belt. He told Okamoto in August that he had no desire for a rematch against at that time.

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McGregor feels otherwise, tweeting after Khabib's win over Poirier, "Book my rematch for Moscow." Khabib hails from Makhachkala, the capital city of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia.