McGregor vs Khabib set for 2019 rematch, confirms UFC chief Dana White

UFC supremo Dana White says he is confident he can arrange a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor this year.

White is looking at getting the two superstars back into the octagon for a repeat of their controversial clash in October which ended in chaos.

 Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor could be set for a 2019 rematch

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Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor could be set for a 2019 rematch

​The moment ​Khabib Nurmagomedov jumps into the crowd after beating Conor McGregor at the ​T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for UFC229

Both fighters are still serving suspensions for their parts in a post-fight brawl which marred the eagerly awaited match-up in Las Vegas.

Khabib forced McGregor to tap out in the fourth round of the fight to seal his place at the top of the sport – and then proceeded to launch himself into the crowd to front up the Irishman's team.

The incident led to widespread  criticism over their behaviour – but also set up huge interest in the pair getting it on again.

And the sport's chief White believes 2019 is the year when two of the sport's biggest names go at it again.

 Khabib won the first fight when McGregor tapped out in the fourth round

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Khabib won the first fight when McGregor tapped out in the fourth round
 Conor McGregor was left a beaten man when the pair clashed in Las Vegas last October

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Conor McGregor was left a beaten man when the pair clashed in Las Vegas last October

He told TMZ: "As long as everything goes right, this fight should happen."

While McGregor appears the obvious fight for Khabib to take, the Russian is also being targeted by rivals Tony Ferguson and Max Holloway who both want a shot at his lightweight world title.

But there is also the prospect he could follow McGregor in a cross-code clash with boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather over the next 12 months.

The undefeated five weight world champion, who destroyed kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan on New Years Eve, has spoken of his desire to make the fight happen.

And Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz claims the American has been constantly on the phone trying to organise a date.

Abdelezaiz said: “Me and him have been texting each other for the last month and if he says he did not, I’m gonna put everything on line. Do not lie, Floyd.

“He’s very much begging for the fight. I told him, I said he’s 57 years old, his body’s weak, he’s fragile, he’s got a small head.

 Khabib jumped into the crowd to attack members of the McGregor team after the fight

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Khabib jumped into the crowd to attack members of the McGregor team after the fight

"People think I’m crazy but I think Khabib would beat his ass.

"He thinks Khabib is easy money but Khabib is much younger, much stronger, more tougher than Conor, a guy that went to the eleventh round with him.

"And Conor gave up, he’s a quitter. Khabib is no quitter.”

New video footage of Conor McGregor vs Khabib post UFC fight brawl reveals what instigated the chaos

UFC supremo Dana White says he is confident he can arrange a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor this year.