DANA WHITE has revealed it is “absolutely possible” for Conor McGregor to rematch Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Irishman, 31, has not fought since losing at UFC 229 in October to the Russian lightweight champion.
Nurmagomedov defends his belt against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi at UFC 242 in September, while McGregor is recovering from an injury to his left hand.
Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show UFC president White revealed The Notorious is set for a 2020 return to the octagon – before then looking at a rematch with Nurmagomedov.
White said: “(The rematch) would be a massive fight and it’s absolutely possible, yes.
“I think McGregor is gonna come back at the beginning of next year.
“So, realistically, all these guys are looking at September to see what happens with Khabib and Poirier. After that fight plays out, I think there’s gonna be a lot of movement going on.
“To Conor’s credit and defence, you don’t see Conor running around filming movies.
“If you look at his – he’s in great shape, he’s staying in shape, he’s training, and he’s seeing how this thing plays out.”
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The UFC had plans for McGregor to return in November at UFC 242 at Madison Square Garden in New York – the venue he beat Eddie Alvarez in 2016 to become two-weight champion.
Failing that, UFC 245 in Las Vegas was also targeted for the Irish star’s comeback fight.
However, McGregor’s injured hand has caused a halt to any fight discussions.