UFC news: Dana White hints Conor McGregor may not fight again this year as he waits for Khabib rematch

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

Conor Mcgregor made his return to the Octagon with a straightforward win over Donal 'Cowboy' Cerrone earlier this year.

The Irishman made light work of the lesser-fancied American, seeing him off in just 46 seconds in what proved to be a bit of an anti-climax.

Naturally, attention immediately to McGregor's next fight and, more specifically, who he would be taking on.

Fans have been crying out for McGregor to be given another shot at superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian submitted Conor in their first bout.

The bad blood between the two combatants simply won't go away and you can be certain that a rematch would easily be one of the biggest fights in the history of the UFC.

However, after months of not-so-subtle digs and verbal jibes, the pair are no closer to coming to blows than they were a year ago and fans are understandably growing frustrated.

McGregor wants another shot at Khabib though, that is no secret, and Dana White thinks the Irishman is willing to bide his time and wait for the Russian to warm-up to the idea.

“I don’t know [about a third fight with Diaz being next],” White told BT Sport.

“He’s focused on Khabib. He wants the Khabib fight.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

"I do. But you never know with him. We’ll see. But I have no answers for you right now about him. I mean he really just fought, do you know what I mean?

"And he’s not watching Khabib and Tony to see what happens.”

Should Khabib defeat a tricky Tony Ferguson, it may just pave the way for a second meeting in the Octagon with McGregor.

Khabib himself is going to take quite a lot of convincing though as he seems dead set on making sure he never fights McGregor again.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

Khabib was recently asked if he would take up a lucrative $100 million offer to fight McGregor in Saudi Arabia, but his answer won't exactly be music to fight fans' ears.

"Why do I need that kind of money?" Khabib said, per TMZ Sports.

"There are so many organizations," he continued. "For example, there's not only [soccer] for the blind, there's sambo and other sports.

"Let [the UFC] give it to them if they don't know what to do with the money. But giving me $100 million for me to beat up that idiot again? I don't think that's rational."

In other words, Conor wants it, but Khabib simply can't be bothered. We can only hope he changes his mind in the coming months.

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