UFC President Dana White Has Confirmed That a Rematch Between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagamedov is Definitely on the Horizon in 2019…
It was by far the biggest MMA story of 2018, and it looks like it is going to continue into this year. The intense rivalry of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagamedov will get a second chance to come to the boil after UFC President Dana White confirmed that he wants the pair to go at it all over again.
The first fight went down at UFC 229 on October 7 last year. Khabib and McGregor were always set to collide with the Russian’s ludicrous unbeaten record putting him on a fast track with the most lucrative fighter in MMA. Their relationship turned toxic after the ridiculous bus attack last April, which saw ‘The Notorious’ spend the night in a jail cell.
Finally, they fought, with Khabib convincingly beating McGregor, including inflicting a brutal beating in what must surely have been the worst round of the Irishman’s career. Despite the fact that both fighters are temporarily suspended, Dana White has confirmed that the UFC is looking to get them back in the cage again.
Let’s Do It
Now let’s be real: if you’re a diehard MMA fan, you should want Tony Ferguson to get the next title shot. He’s well deserving of the chance, and he remains Khabib’s most likely next opponent. There has been a discussion of a four-way lightweight mini-tournament, with those two fighting and McGregor taking on Dustin Poirier, with the winner getting the next shot.
Dana White told TMZ Sports:
“I think a lot of people want to see that fight. Obviously, again, we still haven’t gone before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That’s gotta happen, and when that does we can figure out how this whole thing plays out. Is Max moving to 155? Tony Ferguson is obviously in the mix, so we gotta see how this thing plays out. Obviously, guys are going to have to win. It depends on how long the suspensions are and things like that, but yeah. As long as everything goes right, this fight should happen.”
It should be no real surprise that the UFC wants to redo this one. Unless McGregor fights Georges St. Pierre, there is no bigger fight in MMA right now. This was the biggest fight in the history of the UFC, with over 2 million pay-per-views sold, and a gate of $17.2 million.
What’s more is that McGregor is very unreliable right now. That’s what happens when you’ve got a couple of hundred million sitting comfortably in the bank. His head coach John Kavanagh has indicated that unless major fights come up, he won’t want to be involved in the Irishman taking more damage. The UFC might not mind ending McGregor’s chances of claiming gold, as long as they get one more payday out of him.
First of all, though, both of these men have to get past the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Their hearings are set for January 29th and the outcome remains uncertain. They could get hit with fines or even suspended, with Dana White optimistic that any ban for more than 6 months.
This remains in both men’s hands. Two things we know though: the lightweight division is insanely and Dana White’s word cannot be trusted. Who knows what will happen?