According to UFC president Dana White, Conor McGregor has already spoken to him to invite for a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor suffered his fourth loss in skilled MMA at UFC 229 on Saturday by the hands of the Russian, as he was once pressured to faucet out in Round four.
Despite Nurmagomedov in large part dominating the bout, White advised First Take(h/t Brett Okamoto of ESPN) on Monday that the Irishman is eager to move once more.
“[Nurmagomedov] has to move ahead of the Nevada fee, and we need to see what is going to occur with Khabib and this entire mess,” he mentioned. “But McGregor has already referred to as me, short of a rematch. That’s what Conor has requested for. We’ll see what occurs with Khabib and what is subsequent.”
McGregor’s personal put up on social media following the struggle advised he could be prepared to move up in opposition to Nurmagomedov a 2d time:
Good knock. Looking ahead to the rematch.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018
White mentioned so much would rely on Tony Ferguson, who he mentioned appeared “wonderful” in his win over Anthony Pettis at the identical evening. “Those two [Ferguson and Nurmagomedov] had been covered up 3 other instances to struggle and it hasn’t came about,” he added.
Nurmagomedov will face the fee following unsightly scenes on the finish of the struggle, as he leapt over the cage to confront a few of McGregor’s crew.
A brawl adopted within the Octagon, with McGregor and one of the most Russian’s camp exchanging blows, too. Nurmagomedov has had his handbag withheld because of this and 3 contributors of his crew had been arrested in step with White.
Even so, the win was once the most important of the UFC light-weight champion’s profession, as he endured his highest report within the game:
Khabib Nurmagomedov faucets out Conor McGregor percent.twitter.com/yxKf2sDAS9
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 7, 2018
Not simplest did Nurmagomedov boss McGregor within the wrestling exchanges and at the floor—the Irishman ultimately submitted after a rear bare choke was once locked in—he was once additionally satisfied to face and business punches with McGregor regardless of his recognition as one of the crucial perfect natural strikers within the trade.
It implies that whilst there is also an urge for food for a rematch because of the needle between the 2 and the unsavoury scenes that opened up after the UFC 229 major tournament, in the case of the motion itself, there looked to be a conclusive outcome on Saturday.
Jeff Wagenheim of ESPN thinks a rematch will be the unsuitable transfer from the UFC given the character of the struggle:
I love McGregor for short of some other shot at Khabib after being so completely overwhelmed down, however for the UFC to e-book this rematch now could be a blatant money take hold of that ignores the light-weight hierarchy. It would — and will have to — make UFC matchmaking a laughingstock. https://t.co/AyYFtaqygx
— Jeff Wagenheim (@jeffwagenheim) October eight, 2018
Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting believes a win over Ferguson would upload a flourish to Nurmagomedov’s legacy:
Lost in all of this, Khabib Nurmagomedov could be one win clear of being the best light-weight now we have ever noticed. The Tony Ferguson struggle would do it. #UFC229
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) October 7, 2018
McGregor’s brash antics and pedigree within the UFC will be sure he’s by no means wanting suitors will have to he be to be had. After two years clear of the Octagon previous to this struggle, he might argue he was once a bit rusty going into the competition, too.
Even so, with Nurmagomedov doubtlessly going through a suspension, we seem a good manner off figuring out what’ll come subsequent within the encapsulating light-weight department.