There's no love lost between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov but Dana White reckons they'll share a mutual respect one day, while hinting at a future rematch.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor were embroiled in a bitter feud ahead of their championship bout at UFC 229.
Nurmagomedov stopped McGregor to defend his UFC title which sparked a chaotic post-fight brawl, yet the UFC president believes the two lightweight dons will share a mutual respect one day."I don't think these guys are going to friends and hanging out and going to dinner and stuff," he said.
"But listen, when you get in there with another guy and you fight it out for what would end up being seven, eight, nine, 10 rounds between these two, there ends up becoming a sort of mutual respect."
Wait, what? Rounds seven, eight, nine and 10?!
Did White just suggest a rematch is on the cards? Definitely sounds like it.
Of course, Nurmagomedov and McGregor shared four rounds of intense action back in October and it appears MMA fans will be getting another dose of the Russian and Irishman going at it inside the famed Octagon.
"And I think we will get to a point someday where these two have a mutual respect for each other. They don't have to like each other," White added.
But before a potential rematch with McGregor, Nurmagomedov is set to meet Dustin Poirier in a lightweight unification.
Poirier bagged the interim-UFC lightweight title by outpointing Max Holloway in a five-round war, setting up a bout with the undefeated fighter.
They're expected to clash in September with UFC 242 being mooted.
McGregor, on the other hand, is free to fight in the UFC after completing his suspension though a contract dispute is holding up his return.
Will a rematch happen? Watch this space.