Dana White: Conor McGregor Already Asked for Rematch Against Khabib Nurmagomedov
Conor McGregor is wasting no time asking for a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
On Saturday night at UFC 229, McGregor suffered just his second loss inside the Octagon when he was choked out by Nurmagomedov in the fourth round of their fight in Las Vegas.
While McGregor did manage to win a round against Nurmagomedov — the first person to do that in the UFC — he still lost the battle in the end.
What unfolded afterwards was much uglier when Nurmagomedov jumped into the crowd to go after one of McGregor’s teammates and that may cost the UFC lightweight champion a heavy fine or a potential suspension for his actions.
The brawl after the fight is still a hot topic of discussion but UFC president Dana White says McGregor wasn’t all that upset about what happened during the melee following his loss. He’s just anxiously awaiting the opportunity to avenge his loss to Nurmagomedov in the very near future.
“[Khabib] has to go before the commission. We have to see what’s going to happen with Khabib with this whole mess but Conor McGregor has already called me wanting a rematch,” White revealed when speaking to ESPN on Monday.
McGregor did the same thing after he lost by submission to Nate Diaz back in 2016.
On that occasion, McGregor’s wish was granted and he was able to avenge his loss with a majority decision victory against Diaz in the rematch five months later.
White wasn’t ready to commit to McGregor getting a second shot at Nurmagomedov, at least not right away, especially with another top contender waiting in the wings.
“That’s what Conor has asked for. We’ll see what happens with Khabib and what’s next,” White said. “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.”
Ferguson seems like the most logical opponent for Nurmagomedov after they have been scheduled to meet on numerous occasions in the past but the fight has still never happened.
Ferguson suffered a knee injury back in April that prevented the last scheduled fight with Nurmagomedov from happening but he returned on Saturday night with a second round TKO win against Anthony Pettis in the UFC 229 co-main event.