Khabib Nurmagomedov next opponent: Conor McGregor favourite with GSP and Tony Ferguson in the mix after retirement clue

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV could be back in the Octagon next year, according to Dana White.

The UFC supremo insists the Russian has not retired despite claiming he had.

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Nurmagomedov remains in the drug testing pool so is eligible to fight, and White reckons that shows he still has ambitions of fighting.

And Betfair have priced up the market for his next opponent with Conor McGregor the odds-on favourite at 1/10.

George St-Pierre is 7/1, Tony Ferguson 12/1 and Kamaru Usman a long-shot at 25/1.

Betfair Spokesperson, Sam Rosbottom said: “Although Khabib is adamant he is staying retired, a number reports have suggested a comeback, and let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the first time a fighter has gone back into the Octagon after announcing his retirement.

“If he is to do just that, there can be no doubt that it would have to be a mega fight and we make Conor McGregor the 1/10 favourite to tempt him back to try and make it 30-0.”

Nurmagomedov beat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, and promised his mother he was out of the game following the death.

But White told the Mac Life he thinks Khabib will fight at least one more time.

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He said: “I told you guys that I think he’s gonna go to [30-0]. If he’s still testing, why the hell would you want to test if you’re not gonna fight?

“He hasn’t committed, but I feel like he’s gonna. I’m not really pushing him. We talked about it and he just fought.

“Let him take some time, spend some time with his family, spend the holidays. There’s no rush.”

McGregor looks set to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on January 23, but White insists they will not compete for the Lightweight title – because Nurmagomedov is still in the mix.

White added: “No, [it won’t be for the title]. Khabib’s gonna fight (again). I believe he’s gonna fight. It’s not for the title.”

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