From the moment UFC announced that Khabib vs McGregor was going to happen, the fans all over the world couldn’t help themselves but get hyped. However, due to the unforeseen ending of the most anticipated fight, the MMA world started to wonder whether the trash talk had gone just a little too far.
There was a fight in the crowd after the UFC 229 weigh-ins caused by the Russian and Irish fans. And after destroying Conor McGregor in the 4th round, Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped outside of the cage and attacked Conor’s team.
But the chaotic UFC 229 didn’t stop there. Someone, from Khabib’s team, jumped inside the octagon and attacked Conor.
Thus, the MMA fans are clamoring for the rematch Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor which remains on the table. The animated Irish sensation hasn’t publicly made remarks about the post-fight brawl.
Instead, he took Twitter and officially revealed that “The Notorious” himself is looking forward to a rematch.
Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018
Rocky 3 Training Camp
McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has confirmed in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani how serious Conor was about a rematch. Pulling a Rocky is probably Kavanagh’s on how they should handle the whole thing.
“Conor watched [the Khabib fight] right away, I hadn’t seen the fight since,” he told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “I got essays immediately to my phone, ‘We’re gonna do this, we’re gonna do that.’ I was like great, if we’re gonna do it, let’s do it. I would change a few things around even from a training standpoint.”
“And I see Conor, from the limited amount of chat we had about it, he wants to do it again. And he’s excited to do it because what’s he fighting for at this stage? He’s won some titles. He’s won plenty of money. So with 30 and his second kid on the way, 31 next year. What would be driving him to do this again? It has to be that he wants to prove he’s the best. It has to be to prove to himself and to fight a great fighter like Khabib. So if we’re going to do that, let’s do it and commit to it.”
“It has to be Khabib.”
Yet, the Dublin pride seems to be not interested in any tune-up fights. Or at least that’s how his coach sees it.
“Conor’s just got so much going on in his life, I don’t see him overly enthused to face one of those guys,” he said. “Maybe I’m totally wrong, he might come back to me and say ‘What the hell are you on about, I’ll fight all of those guys.’ Great, okay. I’m up for that. But to get that real fire in him, it reminds me when he lost to Diaz, that real fire that was in him to get the rematch and train like an animal for that and go in and have one of if not his best performance. So if it’s going to be that, it has to be Khabib.”
Considering that Khabib is currently facing some serious sanctions from NSAC due to the post-fight brawl, it would take a while before we see McGregor back in the cage. Perhaps, Khabib vs McGregor part 2.
Watch the full interview video of John Kavanagh with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani down below. Video courtesy of ESPN on YouTube.
The only way for McGregor to be prepared for the Khabib rematch is to fight every 6 months. What do you think about coach Kavanagh’s idea?