McGregor wants an immediate rematch with Nurmagomedov


Conor McGregor, right, and Khabib Nurmagomedov pose for pictures during a news conference in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. McGregor is returning to UFC after a two-year absence. He fights undefeated Nurmagomedov on Oct. 6. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Conor McGregor wants to see Khabib Nurmagomedov back in the octagon as soon as possible.

On Monday, UFC president Dana White appeared on ESPN’s First Take and said McGregor is looking for a rematch with Nurmagomedov immediately.

“[Nurmagomedov] has to go before the Nevada commission, and we have to see what’s going to happen with Khabib and this whole mess,” said White. “But Conor McGregor has already called me, wanting a rematch.”

Nurmagomedov made McGregor tap out during Saturday’s UFC 229 main event, but instead of celebrating his accomplishment, the Russian fighter sparked a gigantic post-fight melee when he leapt over the cage and jumped into the crowd, while members from his corner entered the octagon and attacked McGregor.

White has promised stiff penalties heading Nurmagomedov’s and his camp’s way, so it’s unclear if an immediate rematch could even happen, but it’s clear McGregor is champing at the bit to get back into the octagon with Nurmagomedov and exact some revenge.

Twice now, McGregor’s taken to social media alluding to the fact he wants another crack at Nurmagomedov. Once on Sunday, with the relatively harmless message, “Looking forward to the rematch.”

Then Monday morning, with some more sinister sounding words.

“We lost the match but won the battle,” McGregor wrote. “The war goes on.”

Beginning with a dolly he threw at a bus Nurmagomedov was in that led to criminal charges against McGregor back in April, Saturday’s fight got very personal, very quickly. McGregor’s signature pre-fight trash-talk gab took on a more insidious nature, which clearly got to Nurmagomedov and exploded into violent chaos after the fight was supposed to be over.

As he already said, McGregor’s found himself in a war with Nurmagomedov. Now the only question, it seems, is if it will continue in another UFC cage.

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