Dana White set for Khabib talks as he eyes Conor McGregor rematch

UFC president Dana White says he will attempt to convince Khabib Nurmagomedov into a rematch with Conor McGregor if the Irishman defeats Dustin Poirier next month.

On January 23 The Notorious will return to the Octagon for the first time since his devastating win over Donald Cerrone last year as he takes on American Poirier for a second time.

The fight will take place at Abu Dhabi's 'Fight Island', and White will be in attendance – along with Khabib.

And speaking to the SHOUT! Buffalo podcast, White said he will try his very best to make a Khabib – McGregor rematch happen.

“When I fly out there (to ‘Fight Island’), Khabib is going to be there, too. I’m going to meet with Khabib while I’m there,” he said.

“In a perfect world, if Conor wins this fight, I’d love to see the rematch with him and Khabib. It’s the biggest fight that can be made, and it’s the fight that makes sense.”

The two first took each other on in 2018, with Khabib submitting McGregor with a rear-naked choke.

However, the Russian announced his retirement in October after beating Justin Gaethje, insisting he had no desire to carry on without his father and trainer Abdulmanap, who died of coronavirus complications last summer.

It remains to be seen if he can be convinced to change his mind, but speaking recently Khabib insisted he would not have his arm twisted.

"I don’t blame them (for trying to persuade him) and their desire is understandable," he said. "They persuade, I will not hide, but this is not surprising.

"They offer conditions and fighters, but it’s hard to surprise fighters. I finished half of the top 10 ahead of schedule.

"I talked with my mother for three days. She didn’t want me to go fight without my father.

"I promised her, ‘It’s going to be my last fight,’ and if I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here."

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