KEY POINTS

  • Conor McGregor has not appeared in UFC since October
  • His last fight in UFC was a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov 
  • McGregor is scheduled to make a comeback in January
  • UFC president revealed McGregor's possible next opponent

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has confirmed that Jorge Masvidal could be among Conor McGregor's possible opponents if the latter won his fight in January. 

McGregor, who has been away from UFC since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October, is gearing up to return to Octagon on Jan. 18 in Las Vegas where he'll take on Donald Cerrone. 

If McGregor manages to win, he is ready to participate in more fights in 2020 and Masvidal could be one of his future opponents. 

"Conor has told me he definitely wants a fight with Masvidal, so we'll see what happens," White said revealed to 101.6FM in Washington.

White also mentioned that McGregor sure could get his most-awaited fixture in 2020 -- a rematch against the current champion, Nurmagomedov. 

"A couple of things have got to happen first; he's got to beat 'Cowboy' Cerrone which is a very tough fight, especially at 170 without 'Cowboy' having to cut weight. Then Khabib has to beat Tony Ferguson. If both of those things happen then yeah I think we can make the rematch," White added. 

Conor McGregor Conor McGregor was granted a continuance, putting himself on hold in relation to the celebrated UFC 229 melee involving Khabib Nurmagomedov. Pictured: Conor McGregor is seen on the sidelines before the NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. Photo: Getty Images/Ronald Martinez

"He [McGregor] would rather take that fight [vs Nurmagomedov] right now and not fight 'Cowboy', he wants that fight really bad," White said, explaining how badly McGregor wants to fight the Russian.

"In reality, Rich, it would be the biggest pay per view ever in the history of the sport," the UFC boss added. 

McGregor, who previously was a regular candidate in the UFC, began to appear rarely on the event since winning the lightweight title at UFC 205 in 2016. In fact, after that victory, the Irishman fought in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) just once, which was the loss to Nurmagomedov in October.

However, the 31-year-old has expressed to become more active in the UFC in 2020. He, reportedly, wanted to make his comeback this December but UFC failed to fit him in their schedule and, instead, gave him the January window.