The Social Media Posts That Cost Conor McGregor Rematch With Khabib Nurmagomedov
The Notorious tapped out to the undefeated lightweight champion in October 2018 but the sheer animosity in their feud suggested there would be big money in a rematch.
UFC president White claims that he wanted to have the two go at it as team captains in a huge relaunch of the The Ultimate Fighter series and they would then do battle inside the Octagon for a second time.
But McGregor's regular social media tirades, which include angering White by leaking private messages, have caused the plans to be nixed.
Nurmagomedov, who takes on interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, has also lost interest as a result.
"[Khabib] was gonna do it until Conor did all this sh*t," White told Barstool Sports in an interview.
"That's what I was saying. I felt like I was in a good place and we were going to get that done.
"We were going to do The Ultimate Fighter on ESPN and f**king do the rematch but Conor blew that. Yeah, Khabib said 'f**k him'. That was it."
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McGregor, despite claiming to be retired since June, has been offered a fight with Dustin Poirier.
Both McGregor and Poirier agreed to an exhibition contest not involving UFC to take place in Ireland on December 12 after the Irishman made the proposal on Twitter.
December 12th in the Point depot, Ireland. No weigh ins.- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 29, 2020
Open weight, unified rules.
I will arrange all travel fare for you and family.
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White told Barstool Sports that he is awaiting responses from both men regarding a rematch from their featherweight fight that McGregor won in the first round back in 2014.
"We offered Dustin [Poirier] and Conor [McGregor] a fight, so we're waiting to hear back from both of then," he said.
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