The UFC moved one step closer to a titanic rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, with UFC president Dana White offering the Irish star a clear path back to another title shot and a potential rematch with Khabib.
Speaking to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn and former world champion boxer Tony Bellew on the “Talk the Talk” podcast, White laid out the scenario that would see McGregor walk straight into another title fight in his very next appearance.
McGregor has fought just twice at 155 pounds in the UFC. He knocked out Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden at UFC 205 in 2016 to capture the lightweight title and become the UFC’s first-ever “champ champ,” before switching his attention to boxing, and a megabucks fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
He was later stripped of both his featherweight and lightweight titles for failing to defend either of them, and eventually made his return to the octagon against UFC lightweight champ Khabib in an ill-tempered matchup at UFC 229 that ended in a huge melee, inside and outside the cage, after Khabib submitted the Irishman in the fourth round.
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