When Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dana White met at the UAE Warriors event for a segment in White’s ‘Lookin’ for a Fight’ series, the pair were seen smirking ahead of UFC 257 as the president told the recently retired fighter to imagine the potential pay-per-view sales if he took the Conor McGregor rematch.
McGregor was matched against Dustin Poirier in a rematch of their own back in January 2021, and it was the American who secured a TKO victory in the second round. This tied up their feud 1-1 at the time.
Although McGregor vs Poirier 2 was on the horizon, White simply couldn’t stop thinking about McGregor vs Khabib 2.
Khabib and McGregor had previously fought each other at UFC 229 in one of the most hyped fixtures in the history of the UFC.
Two of the best fighters went head-to-head in the Octagon in 2018. Khabib won that intense fight by submitting McGregor with a neck crank in the fourth round.
The UFC had earned a record-breaking $2.4million in pay-per-view sales. No one has come close to making that much money for one fight. Nate Diaz vs McGregor II made $1.6million, which is second in the list of most PPV buys in UFC history.
In an attempt to bring one of the most successful fighters back into the Octagon, White tried to influence a rematch between McGregor and Khabib, with money being a huge factor.
Dana White was caught on camera telling Khabib: “This fight with Poirier is trending bigger than the fight with you and Conor on pay-per-view.
“Imagine what you and Conor would do in another f****** fight.
“Just saying. I’m just saying,” White said with a smirk on his face.
“The Eagle” had retired long before UFC 257, however, as it was UFC 254 where he said his goodbyes, defeating Justin Gaethje by submission before breaking down inside the cage due to recently losing his coach and father Abdulmanap.
Will we ever see that second fight between Khabib and Conor?