Conor McGregor will get another chance to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov if he beats Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone on Saturday night at UFC 246 according to Dana White.
“He gets what he’s been waiting for,” White told Jim Rome when asked what would be next for McGregor. “He gets what he’s been asking for. He has been chomping at the bit for the Khabib rematch. I think it’s no big secret.
“If he wins this weekend, he will get that shot at the title and it will be the biggest pay-per-view ever in UFC history.”
That’s a declaration that’s likely to ruffle some feathers, particularly as Nurmagomedov has repeatedly downplayed his interest in having a second fight with his biggest rival any time soon.
Tony Ferguson will also surely take offense given that he wasn’t mentioned in this equation even though he may well end up winning the belt if he defeats Nurmagomedov when they fight at UFC 249 on April 18th.
It’s known that McGregor is eager to be considered the stand-in should that match-up fall through, given that it’s done so on four occasions previously for various reasons, but at this time there’s no indication that it is in jeopardy.
Other potential options for McGregor’s next fight had included the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Kamaru Usman and Justin Gaethje, but White has always appeared reluctant to pair ‘The Notorious’ against bigger welterweights, while the fighter himself has been adamant that a rematch with Khabib has to happen.