Heading into UFC 246, UFC president Dana White all but promised that if Conor McGregor defeated Donald Cerrone in the main event of the fight card, he would get a rematch against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The issue with that is McGregor vs. Cerrone took place at welterweight and Nurmagomedov has to defeat Tony Ferguson in April.
At the UFC 246 post-fight press conference, White was asked if he still believed McGregor should get a second crack at Nurmagomedov although Nurmagomedov submitted him and Masvidal is eager to get a shot at McGregor.
“We‘re at a place right now where Conor was saying, going into the Khabib fight he had lots of personal stuff,” said White. “Some stuff self-inflicted. He had injuries. He had all these things going on. He has been obsessed with getting that rematch because he knows that he wasn’t 100 percent right.”
“We’re looking at Hagler-Hearns,” White added. “We’re looking at like Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier. This is a massive fight with global appeal. It’s the fight you make, it’s the fight that makes sense. It’s for the 155-pound title.
“If Conor and Masvidal fight, neither one of them even has a title. Although Conor does want his BMF title. He doesn’t have a world championship. So Khabib is the fight to make. It’s huge for Khabib’s legacy, too. If he beat Conor McGregor, then he beats Tony Ferguson, then he beats Conor McGregor again, I mean this is how this kid when he retires, he’s 30-something-and-oh and he’s beaten all of the best.”
If McGregor is all-in with his return to the UFC and looking to stay busy in 2020, there‘s a good chance that he will want to return to the octagon before Nurmagomedov or Ferguson is ready to fight for a second time this year. After all, Cerrone didn’t land a single strike during Saturday’s matchup. With that, the odds are good that McGregor will get the minimum medical suspension coming out of UFC 246.