Conor McGregor wasn’t able to hand Khabib Nurmagomedov his first career defeat at UFC 229, but the Irishman is hoping to get another chance to try.
The “Notorious” one did not attend the UFC 229 press conference on Saturday night, but he did issue a couple of brief statements on social media following his fourth-round submission defeat to the Dagestani grappler.
“Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch,” McGregor wrote on Twitter.
Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018
As expected, McGregor struggled to combat the grappling of Nurmagomedov throughout the lightweight championship bout. The SBG Ireland representative can take some consolation in the fact that he was the first person to win a round against Nurmagomedov. All three cageside judges gave McGregor the third, a frame in which he outstruck his opponent by a 34-to-15 count in significant strikes.
There is still much to resolve before a rematch can come to fruition after a post-fight brawl marred Nurmagomedov’s triumph. “The Eagle” exited the Octagon at the end of the bout to attack McGregor training partner Dillon Danis, while a couple of Nurmagomedov’s teammates entered the cage to confront McGregor. That incident, coupled with McGregor’s attack on a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and other UFC fighters in April, makes for a highly combustible situation should the rivals be booked to square off again. Of course, it could also make for a highly marketable fight.
Nurmagomedov, who had his purse withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, could be facing a suspension and in a worst-case scenario, could be stripped of his 155-pound title. All of that will play out in the coming weeks.
Regardless of what the future holds, don’t expect McGregor to fall off the radar following his second UFC defeat.
“I’ll be back,” he wrote on Instagram.