Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are currently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. However, that doesn’t mean the UFC can’t start thinking about what is next for McGregor and Nurmagomedov.
That is exactly what UFC President Dana White did on ESPN’s Now or Never to discuss what is next for some fighters.
One potential fight that has garnered a lot of interest is a fight between Conor McGregor and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. For White, that is a fight he would like to see.
“Yeah, I like that fight,” he said of a McGregor vs. Cerrone matchup. “They both have called each other out. First of all, Cowboy, tell me that last boring fight that guy was in. The answer is never. He just busts into the top-10 — [he’s a] warrior. Unbelievable fight he just had. And Conor McGregor has fought anybody we’ve ever asked him to. If these two want to fight I’m in.”
Meanwhile, another fight fans have been clamoring for is the trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. However, there has been no interest from the UFC it has appeared. Now, White believes Diaz just doesn’t want to fight.
“That’s more of a never,” he said. “The Diaz brothers, they don’t want to fight.”
As for Nurmagomedov, well, things get a little murky. He is currently suspended nine months retroactive to October 6, but has stated he will not fight until November. If that is the case, the question is would Nurmagomedov’s next fight be a rematch against McGregor? According to White, that is not the plan.
“I don’t want to say never— but not now,” he said of this rematch. “[Nurmagomedov] is going to have his suspension. I think what needs to happen is Khabib versus Tony Ferguson, do Conor vs. Cowboy, and if they both come out of that, we do the rematch.”
Ultimately, none of those fights can happen until McGregor and Nurmagomedov suspensions are up.