UFC president Dana White usually leaves the post-event matchmaking for a later day, but he made a rare exception after Conor McGregor’s spectacular victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Speaking to the reporters in the post-fight press conference, White praised McGregor’s performance while making the case for the McGregor rematch with the undefeated lightweight champion Nurmagomedov (28-0-0), who convincingly defeated McGregor at UFC 229 in October 2018.
“When you look at what makes sense, we’re at a place right now where Conor was saying going into the Khabib fight, he had lot of personal stuff,” White explained. “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 he wasn’t 100 percent, right?
“When you look at this for Khabib, Khabib is 28-0. He’s undefeated. You start talking about this kid’s legacy. First of all, to go 28-0 in this sport? I don’t care who you’ve fought. It’s tough to do. Well, this guy is a world champion. After tonight, with how Khabib won the first time, and how famous Khabib has become since that first fight, we’re looking at Hagler-Hearns. We’re looking at Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier. This is a massive fight with global appeal. It’s the fight you make.”
Nurmagomedov will defend his belt against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18 in Brooklyn.