UFC Lightweight Champion KHabib Nurmagomedov could line up to face the winner between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in the highly anticipated showdown next January.
That’s according to UFC President Dana White, who wants more earnings from Habib before ending his retirement in one last fight.
“I think there’s a good chance for him … his dad wanted him to go to a 30-0 record, and he was very emotional after that last fight, he’s been through a lot, a lot of problems,” White told TMZ Sports.
He added, “So, I think he will. Nothing was done. If I have to bet – and I’m a man betting – I will bet on it. ”
If khabib, 32, were to keep fighting, White had picked competitors in the lightweight category, Conor McGregor, Dustin Burier, Tony Ferguson, and Michael Chandler as potential foes.
“You are looking at Conor McGregor Border, who is going to fight … We are talking about fighting Michael Chandler and Ferguson, so we’ll see how all of these things play here,” he explained.
He continued, “It is clear that we will find out if (Habib) wants to return, and if he does, one of these men will definitely participate in the fight.”
McGregor recently signed Poirier’s showdown contract – which he beat in 2014 – to confirm the rematch, which is scheduled for January 23.
Connor, 32, has not fought lightweight since losing to Nurmagomedov, also 32, in 2018.
Border, 31, lost to the undefeated champ by himself last year but returned to defeat Dan Hooker, 30, last June.
Ferguson, 36, has been nominated for five fights with Nurmagomedov in the past but has since vowed to take on the Russian in the end.
But first, he may need to defeat new UFC boy Chandler, who joined UFC after his contract with Union Bellator expired.
The 34-year-old has yet to make his UFC debut, but he is in talks with Ferguson.
Nurmagomedov announced his abrupt retirement after beating 31-year-old Justin Gaetje last month.
Five matches between Tony Ferguson and Habib have been canceled before.
This is the first battle since his influential father, Abdel Moneim, who died at the age of 57 in July after being infected with the Coronavirus.
But despite his adherence to his decision to suspend the glove after 29 unbeaten fights, he was not stripped of the lightweight title.