Conor McGregor’s next move has yet to be known although there is a growing belief that The Notorious will eventually make his return to the octagon. Plenty of names have been suggested although the best one is a rematch with arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

It wasn’t too long ago when both made quite a mess of UFC 229. After Nurmagomedov forced McGregor into submission in the fourth round, all hell broke loose with several team members on both sides trying to get at the fighters and each other’s throats. It was an unfortunate incident with plenty of bad blood tied up to it with a (personal) score left unsettled, USA Today reported

A rematch between the two has never been discounted although seeing that happen now seems improbable. McGregor remains retired and the only way that talks about a rematch can ensue is if he officially announced his UFC return. There were plenty of breadcrumbs and teasers made the past couple of months although nothing has been made official. 

On the other end, Nurmagomedov has been thrown the same question although he raised a viable point. Currently in London to promote UFC 242, the Russian mixed martial artist says that the Irishman did not deserve a rematch and that McGregor had not won a real fight in years, TMZ Sports reported. The last time that McGregor actually fought was way back in 2016 when he won via KO against Eddie Alvarez who eventually went on to move to ONE Championship.

“He tap. He beg me, 'please don't kill me.' And now he talk about rematch. Tony Ferguson on the line. People who have win streak on the line. Not the guy who don't win nothing last 3 years," said Nurmagomedov.

Obviously, Nurmagomedov has not forgotten the things that went down at UFC 229, including that part when he tried to go after Dillon Danis. Given the chance, he said he would still do it again if the chance arises. There is still a lot of hate in the air so it will be interesting if UFC president Dana White will push through with another chaotic match. He says that a rematch with Nurmagomedov is what the Irishman and that McGregor is working his way back to shape, MMA Fighting reported.

“Obviously we’ll sit back and we’ll watch how this whole thing plays out with these fights and see where Conor fits in and what he wants to do next,” said White. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC men's Lightweight champion, gives a press conference in Moscow, Nov. 26, 2018. Photo: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images