The ‘Notorious’ star met with White and former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, just days after beating Cerrone within 40 seconds.
It was McGregor’s first action inside the Octagon since his defeat to rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the Irishman is now planning his next step to winning back the lightweight title.
White made it clear his preference would be for McGregor to face off with Nurmagomedov in a rematch next.
“We’re looking at like Ali vs Foreman, Ali vs Frazier – this is a massive fight with global appeal,” White said after McGregor’s win. “It’s the fight you make, it’s the fight that makes sense and it’s the fight for the 155lbs title.”
However Nurmagomedov is in no rush to give the Irishman another shot at his title, which he puts on the line against Tony Ferguson in April.
That could force McGregor to look elsewhere for his next opponent, but he has no shortage of options.
Jorge Masvidal is desperate to lock horns with the 31-year-old, but his chances of securing a fight seem to have been dashed after McGregor’s comments on Saturday suggested the American had ‘blown it.’
A more likely encounter would be for McGregor to meet Justin Gaethje in another bout at 170lbs, which his coach John Kavanagh feels would be the right move.
After naming Gaethje as his preferred next opponent for McGregor, Kavanagh explained: “Because he’s another lightweight. None of them have to cut weight.
“The vision is getting that 155lb belt back so it’s a step towards that.”
However McGregor is seemingly eyeing up a different opponent, after throwing down the gauntlet to old foe Nate Diaz to rekindle their rivalry and finish their trilogy.
“Let’s go Nathan. Let’s go brother,” McGregor said. “No 3. It’s always here. We’re right here Nathan.”