It should come as no surprise that Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White is talking up a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
White stopped by the TMZ offices last week and reportedly told the team there that barring anything unexpected the rematch will take place in 2019 (Courtesy of TMZ):
"As long as everything goes right, this fight should happen." White said.
While White is understandably eager to run back one of the most lucrative fights in the history of the promotion, it should be noted that he did not necessarily say the fight would be for the belt, with former interim champ Tony Ferguson strongly favored to be given the next shot at Nurmagomedov. Apart from Ferguson, there is also the possible arrival of featherweight king Max Holloway, who has long been rumored to be moving up a weight class to add even more talent to the already stacked division.
However, whether Nurmagomedov is still holding the belt at the time, a rematch with McGregor makes business sense considering the previous encounter smashed the previous pay-per-view sell rate. Despite the one-sided nature of the first fight where “The Eagle” used his superior wrestling and grapping skills to neutralize the Irishman’s attack before submitting him in the fourth round, a rematch will likely be another huge success for the promotion.