UFC president Dana White believes that a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will happen this year.
A possible obstacle to the fight happening is that the Nevada State Athletic Commission is yet to rule on the scenes which followed the original encounter between the two at UFC 229 in October.
"I think a lot of people want to see that fight," White told TMZ Sports.
Obviously, again, we still haven't gone before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That's got to happen, and when that does, we can figure how this whole thing plays out.
Is Max [Holloway] moving to 155lbs? Tony Ferguson is obviously in the mix. We've got to see how this thing plays out.
Obviously, guys are going to have to win. It depends on how long the suspensions are and things like that. As long as everything goes right, this fight should happen.
Nurmagomedov's manager Ali Abdelaziz dismissed the possibility that his fighter will face Tony Ferguson next.
“So [we want] the biggest money fight he can make," Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting.
"Boxing, MMA, whatever. I love Tony Ferguson — he’s not that, I can tell you that. One-hundred percent, Tony Ferguson is not the next fight, because Tony Ferguson — I need somebody who can sell pay-per-views."
You can watch Dana White speaking to TMZ Sports below.
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