In his first comment on social media following last night’s melee in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor has expressed that he is looking forward to a rematch with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018
McGregor was submitted via a neck crank from Nurmagomedov in the 4th round of their UFC 229 main event title tilt. It was McGregor’s first MMA contest in just under two years.
Despite winning the bout in relatively dominant fashion (McGregor did win the 3rd round on the judges scorecards, becoming the first man to take a single round from Khabib) the Dagestani superstar still had some unfinished business.
— Bovada Official (@BovadaOfficial) October 7, 2018
After being held back from confronting his beaten opponent, Khabib decided to jump the cage and unleash a Coup De Grace of sorts (shout out to WWE’s Finn Balor) on McGregor’s training partner and Bellator competitor, Dillon Danis.
— MacMally🍀 (@MacMallyMMA) October 7, 2018
This erupted into a full blown brawl that would see Nurmagomedov’s corner men blindside McGregor inside of the cage. According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor refused to press charges against the men, allowing them to be released after a quick arrest. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is currently holding Nurmagomedov’s purse upon further review. McGregor has been paid in full.
It wasn’t exactly the most honorable night in the history of the UFC, but it certainly may have been the most lucrative. And despite how you felt about what happened after the main event, it’s what everyone is going to be talking about around the proverbial MMA water cooler for quite some time. A rematch somewhere down the line is inevitable.
Just in case you were wondering, Bovada has Nurmagomedov opening as a -275 favorite with the comeback on McGregor at +215 if and when the rematch does go down.