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Dana White: Conor McGregor ready to slide into Khabib title fight at UFC 249 if Tony Ferguson withdraws

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Dana White has already gone on record saying that if Conor McGregor defeats Donald Cerrone this Saturday (Jan. 18, 2020) in Las Vegas, Nevada, he will be on standby to replace either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 this April.

But, according to “Notorious,” it’s already a foregone conclusion because he doesn’t believe the Lightweight title fight — scheduled to go down on April 18 in Brooklyn, New York — will actually take place.

“What he’s been obsessed with since his last fight is the rematch with Khabib,” White told The Mac Life. “So Saturday is a big step in that direction. And to be honest with you, Conor believes that Khabib versus Tony is not going to happen.”

The fight has been booked four times before, and each time it’s fallen through for various reasons. So you can’t completely blame people for being on edge after the promotion announced the bout four months in advance.

And while Khabib has also been the responsible party for pulling out of a Ferguson bout, McGregor predicts Tony will be the one to once again fall out. That’s the reason he is so confident that a win over Cerrone will get his much-desired rematch against “The Eagle” sooner, rather than later.

“He believes that fight will not happen,” White explains. “So he wanted this fight at 170 pounds so he can get back in there and shake off some ring rust, get a win and turn right back around and fight Khabib when Tony falls out, is what he believes.”

That said, “Cowboy” is more than happy to play spoiler.

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