Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are on a collision course in Abu Dhabi.
Both fighters will arrive in the Middle East in the coming days with McGregor set to face Dustin Poirier on Saturday week.
And Nurmagomedov will be there to hold talks with president Dana White – and to corner his cousin Umar who fights next Wednesday.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov fought at UFC 229 in October 2018 with the Dagestan native winning by fourth-round submission.
A post-fight brawl has left a bitter taste to their rivalry but White though is confident they will be "professional" if their paths cross.
"I think these guys will be professional and I think we have mapped out the routes, but listen we are on a small island here so anything is possible," he told The MacLife.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov could even fight a second time if White can convince his lightweight champion not to retire.
Nurmagomedov retains the belt despite announcing he was quitting following his win over Justin Gaethje.
White is keen to see the Russian return but is planning on having a short and sweet exchange this week.
He added: "Absolutely no pitch, this is going to be a five minute conversation."
Nurmagomedov registered the 29th win of his career against Gaethje as he dealt with personal tragedy following the death of his father.
White was full of praise for his efforts and hopes they can now come to an agreement regarding his return.
"When he fought last time and it was here he was hurt, emotional," he said.
"The stuff that that guy had to deal with leading up to that fight, it was crazy.
"The way that he performed under that type of pressure, physically and emotionally, was so badass.
"He's had plenty of time off, plenty of time to think, plenty of time to talk to family members, digest all of this and get healthy."
Source: Read Full Article