Saturday’s UFC 246 pay-per-view (PPV) was highlighted by the beautiful performance and return of Conor McGregor. In typical fashion following a McGregor bout, immediate talks and discussions of who and what is next for “The Notorious” began. In Dana White’s post fight press conference he was begged questions regarding McGregor’s future. Leading the pack of […]
Saturday’s UFC 246 pay-per-view (PPV) was highlighted by the beautiful performance and return of Conor McGregor. In typical fashion following a McGregor bout, immediate talks and discussions of who and what is next for “The Notorious” began. In Dana White’s post fight press conference he was begged questions regarding McGregor’s future.
Leading the pack of opponents are Jorge Masvidal and a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov. White believes that a rematch between Khabib and McGregor would be the biggest selling PPV the UFC has ever done. He has good reason to believe that considering the first meeting did well over 2 million PPV buys. In addition, the powerful partnership with ESPN tied with the momentum of the McGregor train makes for all the right workings of a massive PPV.
Although Khabib has publicly noted that McGregor doesn’t deserve a rematch, there’s no denying the financial pinnacle of being in the Octagon with McGregor. That’s not to say Khabib is in need of money by any means. White explained that Khabib has McGregor-type money in his post-UFC 246 press conference.
“Khabib is rich. Khabib has that type of money. When I say that type of money, I mean over 50 million.”
Khabib’s biggest payday may not have come just yet. White believes that a McGregor-Khabib rematch would rival the financial success of Mayweather-McGregor. Whether or not Khabib has 50 million in the bank is unknown. But that doesn’t mean White is wrong. Khabib doesn’t just have the support and following of a superstar.
But he has the entire country of Russia to back him, and most importantly an impeccable 28-0 record to make the UFC lightweight champ a global sensation. A rematch between the Russian and Irish superstar is in the cards.
Early in fight week during a sit-down interview with Ariel Helwani. When asked about a potential bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov in Moscow, McGregor welcomed the opportunity.
“I’d love that one. That’s got to happen. It must happen,” McGregor said.
Khabib first has to get through Tony Ferguson on April 18 at UFC 249
Who would you like to see McGregor fight next? Do you see Khabib getting past Ferguson?
After Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242, Conor McGregor called for his rematch. Of course, he and Nurmagomedov fought at UFC 229 where it was the Russian who came out on top by fourth-round submission. For Nurmagomedov’s manager in Ali Abdelaziz, he believes people should not be talking about […]
After Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242, Conor McGregor called for his rematch. Of course, he and Nurmagomedov fought at UFC 229 where it was the Russian who came out on top by fourth-round submission.
For Nurmagomedov’s manager in Ali Abdelaziz, he believes people should not be talking about Conor McGregor.
“Conor is like a sour ex-girlfriend she can’t get anybody else. This what Conor is,” Abdelaziz said to TMZ Sports. “You heard what Justin Gaethje said, he is not a good person. The train has left him. We don’t want to talk about Conor, honestly. Khabib just had an amazing night on Saturday night, he fought a really fight great fighter he beat a world champion on Saturday. This is what we should be talking about, Conor, who cares.”
However, it would no doubt be a big fight and a big payday for everyone involved. Yet, Abdelaziz says Khabib Nurmagomedov does not want to deal with Conor McGregor and how he promotes ugliness. In fact, the manager says there is no chance of the rematch happening.
“We already beat him, we already whooped his ass. It was no bad blood, he made it this ugly, this is the only thing he can do, promote ugliness,” he said. “We don’t promote uglinees, we are Muslim we promote peace. We fight in a violent sport, but at the end of the day you see what Khabib and Poirier did at the end of the fight, it was nothing but respect. We don’t want to go through the Conor bullshit again.”
“0.00 percent chance,” Ali Abdelaziz concluded.
Do you think we will ever get Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov 2?
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s rivalry is still not over. The two fought at UFC 229 last October and the lead up to the fight saw both say racial, and controversial comments towards each other, their religion and families. It got so bad that many thought someone may die. Well, after Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor […]
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s rivalry is still not over.
The two fought at UFC 229 last October and the lead up to the fight saw both say racial, and controversial comments towards each other, their religion and families. It got so bad that many thought someone may die.
Well, after Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth-round there was a post-fight melee that got both suspended. Now, ahead of the Russian’s next fight against Dustin Poirier, he talked about his rivalry with the Irishman and says it is still not finished. And, if he sees him they are going to fight again, even if it means he goes to jail.
“Even this fight finish, not everything is finished,” Nurmagomedov said to ESPN (h/t MMA Fighting). “Just smash people it’s not enough. I talk about just smash only him? It’s not enough. We have to smash all his team. This is what I think before the fight. This is what I say to my team. ‘Hey, tonight, we’re going to war. This is not about fight.’
“It will never be finished. Ever. Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we’re going to fight, 100 percent. It doesn’t matter if someone go to jail or something like this. I’m not scared about this. If someone has to go to jail, they go to jail. . . They go to hospital and we’ll go to police. That’s it.”
Khabib’s coach thinks that he has the perfect location for a rematch against Conor McGregor. In the meantime, Khabib Nurmagomedov could be facing a long suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) due to his actions at UFC 229. Obviously, a rematch between the UFC lightweight champ and McGregor would be a huge fight. […]
Khabib’s coach thinks that he has the perfect location for a rematch against Conor McGregor. In the meantime, Khabib Nurmagomedov could be facing a long suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) due to his actions at UFC 229. Obviously, a rematch between the UFC lightweight champ and McGregor would be a huge fight.
American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez believes that Khabib’s going to do what his father thinks is best for him.
“Nobody else has that closeness to him,” Mendez said “After his father it’s me or Ali [Abdelaziz], or me and Ali. But as far as what he wants to do, it’s going to come down to basically what Khabib wants. It might not matter what the UFC wants with the Conor and Khabib rematch.”
Mendez was also asked if a rematch would justify a stadium show. This is when he thinks so and would take place AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“Now’s the time, to be honest with you. We don’t know with Conor, he’s so rich with his Proper 12. I hear it’s doing fantastic,” Mendez told Off The Brawl (H/T to MMAFighting). “He’s got a great image, bro. He appears to be a helluva businessman.
Now’s the time to strike while the iron is hot, I say Cowboys Stadium. That would do the pay-per-view numbers; that would do everything. I think now is the time to consider doing something like that. It would be the right place for a stadium show. Vegas would be the right place if they built the Raiders stadium in time, but that won’t be built in time.”
Dana White rules out the chance of putting any restrictions on the trash talk for a potential rematch between two top stars. The general feeling is that a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former UFC featherweight and lightweight champ Conor McGregor is likely. Khabib only has one more fight left on his current UFC deal and already has his sights set on a boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.
Leading up to their first fight that went down at the UFC 229 pay-per-view event, there was a lot of trash talk. To the point that it led to a brawl. The UFC President recently said during an ESPN Q & A that he wouldn’t implement any rules or restrictions to keep things in line. The reason for that is due to this being the fight game. Crazy moments equals big money for everyone involved.
“Well my philosophy on this stuff is that this a fight,” said White. “Since the beginning of time people have said mean things to each other in a fight, no matter what. Muhammad Ali called Joe Frazier an Uncle Tom, back when that was one of the worst things you could say to a guy.”
Reason For White’s Mindset
White doubled down on how this is not the nice business, but rather is the fight business. Things could go out of hand as a result of that mindset.
“He called him a gorilla; ‘it’s gonna be a thriller and a chiller when I get the gorilla in Manilla,’ and things like that. And for the rest of his life, [Frazier] hated Muhammad Ali, hated him for the things that he said about him. This is not the nice business, this is the fight business. This wasn’t the first time that mean things were said to another person and it won’t be the last.”
At the end of the day, the UFC is just waiting to see what the NSAC does with these two fighters as they need to receive their punishments. The NAC meets on December 10th to discuss possible sanctions.
“I don’t know if the immediate rematch happens because we got to see what the Nevada State Athletic Commission hands down in December when that hearing happens,” White said. “So I’m not even thinking about that, I’m thinking about possibilities in the future but, right now, not even worth thinking about until we find out what happens in Nevada.”
Joe Rogan defends former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor from criticism about how his latest fight ended. McGregor lost to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the headliner of UFC 229 from Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the fight, Khabib submitted McGregor with what appeared to be a neck crank or face choke. Due to the choke not being under his chin, there have been many fight fans accusing McGregor of giving up early. It would’ve been a rear-naked choke should the choke be under the chin.
Now, the longtime UFC color commentator is sticking up for the former UFC champion. Rogan spoke about the ending of the fight on a recent episode of his podcast. He claims that McGregor did not tap prematurely.
“He did not tap prematurely,” Rogan said.(transcript via Pundit Arena). “He did not defend it though. He was done, he was beaten down. Khabib f**ked him up. There are a lot of people who don’t train who think that that was something that you shouldn’t tap to. They are out of their f**king minds. That is what is called ‘a fulcrum choke’. It’s not necessarily a choke. But it really feels like your head is going to pop off.”
Joe Rogan Breaks Down His Opinion
Rogan continued by stating that McGregor waited until he couldn’t take it anymore more and tapped.
“If you look at what Conor did, he just waited until he couldn’t take it anymore more and tapped. That was a perfect example of a fulcrum choke, a neck crank. It doesn’t have to be under the chin. It can be on the face and you’re going to get f**ked up.”
Rogan also stated that anyone who has doubts about the intensity of the choke needs to try the experience for themselves in order to understand the pain.
“All those folks out there saying it wasn’t a choke need to go have someone apply that to them. They need to start training jiu-jitsu and stop talking about MMA submissions. Not everyone is going to tap to that. Some others, unlike Conor, are going to be better at defending them. People tap.”