Khabib Nurmagomedov’s coach has given the clearest indication but the Dagestani destroyer will face bitter rival Conor McGregor once more in a rematch.
The Russian mauled ‘The Infamous’ again in 2018 after they fought for the light-weight title – prompting the 32-year-old to retire from MMA twice.
Though McGregor briefly returned in January of this 12 months when he destroyed Donald Cerrone in simply 40 seconds, he lasted simply six months earlier than calling time on his profession once more.
UFC chief Dana White is hopeful the previous two-weight world champion can reverse his resolution and return to the octagon and Javier Mendez believes a struggle along with his pupil Khabib is what makes most monetary sense.
Talking to The Specific, Mendez mentioned: “If I’m the UFC and I’m the president, I’m not going to let that struggle off the desk.
“Particularly if Conor desires to struggle and Khabib remains to be the champion. Then you can also make that struggle.
“I wouldn’t allow them to [not fight]. That’s my job, proper? To take advantage of cash for the corporate.”
‘The Eagle’ will defend his title in opposition to primary contender Justin Gaethje on October 24 and has instructed McGregor to defeat Dustin Poirier if he desires the prospect to avenge his loss at UFC 229.
Though the 28-Zero celebrity has overtly mentioned his want to face Corridor of Fame legend Georges St-Pierre, Mendez admitted the struggle in opposition to McGregor would lure in additional viewers and extra money.
“Let’s put it this manner: If that [fight with McGregor] makes essentially the most cash out of anyone, then which means it’s essentially the most attention-grabbing struggle folks need to see,” he added.
“Clearly I’d suppose everyone nonetheless desires to see that struggle. In any other case, why would they pay for it. That’s why I feel the UFC would try this.”