McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov, the long-anticipated rematch, is set to happen, UFC president Dana White confirmed. The second clash between the two will smash pay-per-view records, White adds, but it will only happen if Conor McGregor wins his fight with Donald Cerrone this Saturday night.
“He’s been chomping at the bit for the Khabib rematch. I think it’s no big secret,” White told Jim Rome. “If he wins this weekend, he’ll get that shot at the title and it will be the biggest pay-per-view ever in UFC history.”
McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov 2 – the fight everyone wants to see
The Irishman lost his first fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October of 2018. The 31-year old Russian fighter remains undefeated (28-0), holding the longest active undefeated streak in MMA. Despite the loss, McGregor claimed to have won $50 million from his fight with Nurmagomedov.
“He’s making a lot of money… if you look at all the ancillary things that happen off a fight like this,” Dana White said.
“When Khabib beat Conor in that last fight, when he got back to Russia he got all sorts of stuff, then he did that Middle East Muslim tour when every sheikh down there was handing him money. The money that comes off a big win like this, it’s there.”
First things first though, McGregor needs to be on his best, in order to defeat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. The welterweight main event will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, will face longtime rival Tony Ferguson in a 155lbs title fight in Brooklyn at UFC 249 in April.