Khabib Nurmagomedov appears open to Conor McGregor rematch

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he is expecting a phone call from UFC President Dana White about a rematch with Conor McGregor after his bout with Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.

The UFC Lightweight Champion has previously rubbished rumours of a second fight with McGregor after winning the 2018 bout by submission.

Since that fight, the Russian beat Dustin Poirier and now faces a tough task against veteran Ferguson. Meanwhile, McGregor bounced-back from the defeat with an emphatic victory over Donald Cerrone earlier this year.

Despite scoffing at a rematch with the Irish superstar throughout 2019, Khabib did not rule out the fight when recently probed.

"This guy [Dana White] is going to call me," he told ESPN . "He's going to call me 100 per cent.

"Dana, please don't call me. If you want, let's go – but he's going to call me. We'll see. But let's focus on Tony Ferguson right now."

Ferguson, 36, is on an impressive 12-fight win streak in the lightweight division and is perhaps the most formidable opponent Khabib has faced to date.

The two faced-off with a war of words at a press conference in Las Vegas on Friday and Khabib seemed rattled by comments Ferguson made about street-fighting while growing up in the USA.

"Honestly, when I go to the press conference I think I want to be nice," he said. "You know I don't want to go crazy. You know?

"But when he talks about street fight, I go a little bit…a little bit crazy, yes. Because this guy never fight in the street. What are you talking about? Who? You know, I have a lot of fight in the street.

"This guy never fight. Because in America, you cannot fight in the street. But I grew up in Dagestan, everyday I fight in the street. You talk about street fight?

"Because people don't understand. Maybe people think I am like him from America, but I am not from America. You know? I am from Dagestan and we fight all the time here.

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