It has been over a day since Conor McGregor absorbed a humiliating defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov for his highly-anticipated return in the octagon.
‘The Notorious’ challenged the reigning titlist Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight belt in a match dubbed as the biggest fight in the promotion’s history. But the defending champion gave him a bitter welcome in his UFC comeback after submitting him in the fourth round with a rear-naked choke.
McGregor offered no excuse about the loss. As of now, he is reportedly setting his sights on a rematch against the Russian mixed martial artist. And for their second encounter, the Irish star wants to play in front of the home crowd.
Huge respect to Marcelo for taking a day off Real Madrid training to stop Khabib from killing Conor McGregor… pic.twitter.com/cee2bpqQjI
— INKAZZI™ 🇳🇵 (@INKAZZI) October 8, 2018
Down But Not Out
The 30-year old McGregor snapped a two-year layoff and returned to the cage for a chance to snatch the lightweight belt from Nurmagomedov. Tagged as the underdog in the fight, McGregor found the defending champion to be too tough to handle.
His highly-awaited return in the professional scene did not go as plan as Khabib showed his monster form to dominate the entire match. Conor’s mind games in the pre-fight pressers went all for naught as the defending champion demonstrated an incredible display of composure in four nail-biting rounds.
Things got uglier for ‘The Notorious’ as a shocking brawl sparked in the arena, with three members of the Team Khabib seen attacking him. This post-fight fracas is expected to hurt both camps badly, with Khabib in danger of losing his lightweight belt.
Meanwhile, McGregor showed that he is gracious in defeat. Hours after the loss, he took to Twitter to commend their fight and express his desire for a rematch.
Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018
Rematch in Ireland?
McGregor is so eager to score one against his Russian rival. Aside from expressing his interest for a rematch, reports revealed that he is planning to take the second chapter of their rivalry in his home soil in Dublin, Ireland.
The Irish Sun reported McGregor is eyeing to host Nurmagomedov in his hometown should the promotion grants him another shot against the undefeated fighter.
An official from the 3Arena welcomed the idea of hosting the rematch. It was the same venue where McGregor last fought in front of the home crowd.
“We would welcome the UFC and Conor McGregor back any time.”
So far, the only obstacle seen in making this happen is the time zone difference between the US and Ireland as it would affect the pay-per-view records. But an option is being weighed if the country can pull off an overnight event to give a perfect time slot for the American viewers.
The same scenario happened when English mixed martial artist Michael Bisping fought in Manchester Arena at the UFC 204. He took the cage at 5 am and went on to successfully defend his UFC middleweight belt against Dan Henderson.
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