Published On: Mon, May 4th, 2020

Dana White gives Conor McGregor fresh hope of Khabib rematch ahead of UFC’s return | UFC | Sport

UFC president Dana White admits he’d love to see Conor McGregor rematch Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor locked horns with his successor at the summit of the lightweight division in October 2018 in the main event of UFC 249 in Las Vegas.

His attempts to become a two-time 155lb champion and hand Nurmagomedov his first professional loss failed to bear fruit, with the Irishman suffering a fourth-round submission loss.

A brutal neck crank from the champion closed the show, although he marred his career-defining victory seconds later by sparking a mass brawl.

Ever since that fateful night at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, McGregor has been hellbent on exacting revenge on the Russian.

A rematch with ‘The Eagle’ has yet to come to fruition for ‘The Notorious’, although White is open to running back the biggest fight in UFC history.

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“I will admit that the fight before UFC 246, I did not train properly and was not in perfect condition,” he told Bleacher Report. “Call it what you want.

“I am hungry today. Hungry like a man who has not eaten for weeks. When I set my mind to something, there is nothing I can not accomplish. It is that power of belief that makes up the winners.”

Should a rematch with Nurmagomedov come to fruition, McGregor is confident he’d hand the Russian his first professional loss.

“I was not fully prepared,” McGregor admitted. “It proves that anything can happen in the fight game.

“You can trust that I will not make the same mistakes next time. I came out well, and in an instant, things changed. It’s as simple as that.”

McGregor, 31, made his long-awaited return to the Octagon in January in the main event of UFC 246, where he locked horns with Donald Cerrone in a welterweight match-up.

The Dubliner’s comeback fight didn’t last long, though, as he decimated ‘Cowboy’ in 40 seconds to pick up his first victory in over three years.

McGregor is hoping to return to his active ways in 2020, setting his sights on two more Octagon outings this year.

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