The future of the lightweight division will remain murky until the Nevada Athletic Commission decides how to handle to post-fight brawl at UFC 229 involving Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and members of both fighters’ corners.
While that disciplinary process could take weeks and months to unfold, McGregor has made it clear that he would like to see Nurmagomedov in the Octagon again. He initially expressed that desire on social media shortly after his submission loss in the UFC 229 headliner, and apparently he has also contacted UFC President Dana White to make his request known.
First of all, he [Nurmagomedov] has to go before the commission. We have to see what’s gonna happen with Khabib with this whole mess,” White said on ESPN’s “First Take” Monday. “But Conor McGregor has already called me wanting a rematch. That’s what happened with Conor. We’ll see what happens with Khabib and we’ll see what’s next.”
While Nurmagomedov’s victory over McGregor was quite decisive, a rematch would undoubtedly be big business for the UFC. There are also other contenders to consider, namely Tony Ferguson, who won his 11th straight fight with a stoppage of Anthony Pettis in the co-main event. Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov made be one of the most cursed bouts in promotion history.
“Tony Ferguson looked amazing. Those two have been lined up to fight [four] different times and it hasn’t happened,” White said. “We’ll see how this thing plays out.”