Coach: Khabib-McGregor II Should Be at AT&T Stadium
UFC President Dana White has previously stated he wants to see Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor have a rematch of their UFC 229 lightweight title clash.
The next step for both fighters’ careers pend on a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) later this month for a melee that followed Nurmagomedov’s fourth-round submission win at the October pay-per-view.
If one were to ask Javier Mendez, the head coach of the American Kickboxing Academy, where Nurmagomedov trains at, neither he nor Ali Abdelaziz are sure what’s next for the UFC lightweight champion. Mendez feels an immediate rematch with McGregor isn’t the right way to go things, but he tells Off the Brawl that McGregor can’t be denied as the fighter who draws the most.
“I look at [a Conor fight] as more of a prizefight than I do sport,” Mendez said. “I want the biggest prizefight and the biggest prizefight hands down is, there’s no comparison, it’s Conor. Obviously, I want a rematch, because that’s what it is, the biggest prizefight, right? Because of what happened the last time there’s more interest on the second one, there’s a rematch to be had. For me, I would rather have that.”
That’s the biggest money fight in MMA bar none. There is nobody in MMA that can bring that kind of money that Khabib and Conor can in the rematch. That’s the reason I would want that, but Khabib may want a different thing, Khabib may want Tony [Ferguson]. It’s hard to say because Jan. 29 hasn’t happened. We don’t know what [NSAC] are going to do, how long they’ll be suspended, how much money…but from my point of view I would want the rematch for the prizefight. It’s bigger, it’s three or four times as much.
If the chance for a rematch comes, Mendez feels the UFC needs to take full advantage of it. Not just by staging the second fight, but also by having it headline a UFC pay-per-view that takes place from a major stadium. Mendez suggests AT&T Stadium, which hosts March’s boxing pay-per-view fight between Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia, because of McGregor’s worldwide brand, as well as his relationship with the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones.
“[Conor is] so rich with his Proper 12. I hear it’s doing fantastic. He’s got a great image, bro,” Mendez said. “He appears to be a hell of a 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.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting