Rematch for McGregor?

The MMA star lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Conor McGregor already wants a rematch, but not everybody in the industry thinks it's a good idea

  • Conor McGregor lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Saturday but is already yearning for a rematch.

  • McGregor lost via neck crank in the fourth round of a thrilling fight, and not everybody in the business believes a second bout is needed.

  • The UFC commentator Joe Rogan said that "Khabib dominated" so there was "no need" for a rematch.

  • Read all of Business Insider's UFC 229 coverage here.

Conor McGregor may have lost in conclusive fashion to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Saturday, but he is already yearning for a rematch.

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Should Conor McGregor get a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov?

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.

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Dana White says Conor McGregor has already called about a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he may have to wait in line

  • Dana White said on Monday that Conor McGregor has called him asking for a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov after tapping out in UFC 229.

  • Because of the melee that ensued after the fight, White said Nurmagomedov must first go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission before determining a future opponent.

  • White hinted that Tony Ferguson could be Nurmagomedov's next opponent, even with McGregor calling for a rematch.

Conor McGregor wants another shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov after the chaos at UFC 229.

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