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The UFC lightweight champion walked away from the sport in October last year, after beating Justin Gaethje, but Dana White is desperate to get the Russian back in the octagon.
That opened up the possibility of him bumping into rival McGregor in the hotel, a situation that was only just avoided, but he reportedly isn't sticking around for UFC 257 on Saturday night.
He has however had his say on the main event between McGregor and Poirier, predicting both have their chance to win.
"Just two rounds - Conor," the Russian said on UFC's 'Looking for a Fight' show.
"Early, it's Conor.
"But, third round, number four, I think Dustin can beat this guy."
The two men who will step inside the octagon this weekend fought in 2014 at UFC 178, at featherweight, with the Notorious winning in the first round.
Once again 'Mystic Mac' has predicted a first round stoppage, claiming he will win in the first minute, and Khabib isn't the only one who thinks a quick win is how the Irishman needs the fight to go.
His stamina has been questioned in the past, especially after his first UFC loss to Nate Diaz in 2016, but the former two weight champion has claimed that's a 'myth' and he is ready to go all five rounds if his prediction is incorrect.
Khabib has fought both McGregor and Poirier before and still holds the lightweight title, despite his retirement, and the winner of Saturday night's meeting between the pair will be eyeing the title.
White claimed the Eagle didn't want to hold up the division but the president himself is by not stripping the Russian of the title, as he continues to try and persuade him to return.
At Thursday's press conference, McGregor said that they would 'get him' to return to action but said that his fight at the weekend should have been for the belt.
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