Conor McGregor may have lost his long-awaited UFC return in a devastating fashion, but he has no habits of crying over spilt milk. So instead of mourning over the humiliating defeat last Saturday, the Irish star is setting his sights at facing Khabib Nurmagomedov for the second time.
No less than the promotion chief Dana White confirmed that the former two-division champion has already requested for the second chapter of his rivalry with the undefeated lightweight champ.
The famous @thenotoriousmma billion dollar strut. It's a rarity to get a fighter in an empty cage during the walkout, so I tried to take advantage of it. Photo: Al Powers for @tmobilearena #ufc229 pic.twitter.com/CRihkKQyef
— Al Powers (@powersimagery) October 8, 2018
McGregor’s UFC comeback was spoiled last Saturday when the Russian champ submitted him in the fourth round of the UFC 229 headliner. The Dubliner found the reigning titlist to be too tough to handle as he left searching for answers to Khabib’s firepower.
It was another downfall for McGregor – the fourth loss in his professional MMA career. But knowing the ex-two division champ, another falls means another chance for him to get up and stand tall anew. This is the exact quality the fans love about him. His ability to rise from the ashes gives him an enduring appeal.
It could have been more painful for McGregor to deal with the loss had not the post-fight brawl overshadow his humiliating defeat to Nurmagomedov. Instead, the controversial melee could even propel major storylines to set up an impending rematch.
We lost the match but won the battle.
The war goes on. pic.twitter.com/CRtPaGfOnn
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 8, 2018
Hours after the loss, McGregor took to Twitter to commend a good showing at the UFC 229 main event, also known as the biggest fight in the promotion’s history. He also stressed that he looks forward to going at it again with Nurmagomedov.
Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018
It looks like McGregor is really eager to avenge his UFC 229 loss. In fact, the Irish Sun has reported that he wants the rematch with ‘The Eagle’ to be held in his home soil.
Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Monday that McGregor has already asked him for another crack at Nurmagomedov, just two days after their historic clash.
“Conor McGregor has already called me wanting an immediate rematch.”
However, nothing is guaranteed yet. Both fighters have to deal with the consequences of the post-fight brawl, which includes fine and suspension. Meaning, there would be no immediate rematch if one fighter gets served with suspension.
Tony Ferguson might also get his title shot after he turned back former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis last weekend.
“We’ll see what happens with Khabib and what’s next. I mean, Tony Ferguson looked amazing, those two have been lined up to fight three different times and it hasn’t happened, so we’ll see how this thing plays out.”
So what’s next for ‘The Notorious’?