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UFC president Dana White expects Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov to renew rivalry at some point in 2019.
The pair went head-to-head at UFC 229 in October with Nurmagomedov emerging victorious after McGregor was forced to tap out in the fourth round when his opponent administered a rear-naked choke.
Moments later there were ugly scenes at the T-Mobile Arena as the Russian jumped out of the Octagon to attack McGregor's jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis, while the Dubliner was involved in a bust-up with a member of Nurmagomedov's team before they were tackled by security.
Both fighters remain suspended pending a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing in on January, but they are expected to return to the Octagon sooner rather than later.
While Nurmagomedov may take on someone else first, White is confident the lightweight champion will face McGregor at some stage in 2019.
"I think a lot of people want to see that fight," UFC president Dana White told TMZ.
"We still haven’t gone before the Nevada State Commission. That’s got to happen. When that does, we can figure how this whole thing plays out.
"Yeah I do," he responded when asked if he was confident of the fight taking place this year.
"Guys are going to have to win and it depends on how long the suspensions are…as long as everything goes right, this fight should happen."
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