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Conor McGregor could be one win away from a rematch with bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The pair attempted to settle their feud in 2018 when they fought for the UFC's lightweight world title.

But although Nurmagomedov choked out McGregor in the fourth round to bring a decisive end to the bout, a post-fight brawl ensured the bitterness lingers.

Nurmagomedov went on to successfully defend his belt against Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje before announcing his retirement last October.

But as McGregor prepares to take on Poirier next weekend, UFC president Dana White will attempt to convince Nurmagomedov to return to the cage.

Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in 2018
(Image: Zuffa LLC)

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And if he can do that, a second installment of the promotion's biggest fight to date will be top of his agenda.

"I'm obviously meeting with him because I think that he should fight again," White told ESPN. "Look at what he did to Justin Gaethje.

"Look at what he's done to every opponent he has faced. … I think he should fight again and I'm going to press him as hard as I can for one more.

"As a promoter, you always want to see the best guys in the world, but at the same time, when a guy wants to retire, he probably should.

"The difference with a guy like Khabib is he's been through so much, and losing his dad was a major blow to him. Yet, his dad wanted him to hit 30-0.

"No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only one of the best in the world, but one of the best to ever do it.

"And right now, he's as focused as he's ever been. I don't know if this is going to be the same Conor after the Poirier fight, but if this Conor sticks around for the next year, how do you not do Khabib vs. Conor again?"

McGregor must first take care of his rematch with Poirier, however, with the pair clashing more than six years after their first meeting.

On that occasion, the Irishman needed less than two minutes to continue his march towards the featherweight crown.

And despite fighting just once in the cage since losing to Nurmagomedov, a 40-second KO of Donald Cerrone, McGregor is confident of producing a repeat performance.

"I like Dustin. I think he's a good fighter," he said. "He's even a great fighter. But great is still levels below me. I'll knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds."