By Joe Harker
When Khabib Nurmagomedov forced Conor McGregor to submit in their fight another one soon broke out. Khabib climbed out of the Octagon and attacked Dillon Danis while McGregor fought with some of his victorious opponent's training partners. Both fighters are under investigation for starting a brawl and pushing tensions further. Khabib is having to wait for his prize money and he could even lose his title too.
Soon after the fight McGregor was asking for a rematch in a similar manner to his comeback after losing to Nate Diaz. Desperate to get one back against the man who defeated him, McGregor demanded a rematch against Khabib. Another fight would rake in plenty of money as McGregor is UFC's biggest draw. Money talks and if he is desperate for another fight against Khabib he will likely get it at some point.
Not everyone believes a rematch is the right thing to do. Some believe the manner of McGregor's defeat was so one sided that having another fight would prove very little, despite being a clear money spinner. A fight where everyone is sure of the outcome is unlikely to be entertaining.
Others wonder whether McGregor might retire, though his love of MMA means that being financially set for life is not the only thing that will bring him back for another fight. He needs to pick the right moment to exit, bowing out with plenty of money and no lasting injuries. That time could be now but he still believes he has more fights to get through.
Perhaps he might try and set himself up as a professional wrestler. McGregor's popularity has exploded thanks to the massive marketing that surrounds him and pro wrestling is the place for such a star. Having previously tried his hand at boxing, wrestling could be the next logical step.
However, there is another issue with McGregor. Much of his fame revolves around his marketed outbursts of aggression and antics, stirring up controversy to raise the stakes for a fight. The Independent reports that he made a number of Islamaphobic slurs that UFC have been uncomfortably quiet about. Showmanship is one thing, prejudice is quite another. He also used racist taunts to rile up Floyd Mayweather before their boxing match. McGregor may be box office, but fans should think about what they are endorsing.
McGregor has also been suspended from UFC for a month on medical grounds. It is a common occurrence and he is just one of 13 who fought in Las Vegas to receive a suspension.