McGregor Wants Khabib Rematch in Moscow
It appears Conor McGregor won’t stop being a thorn in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s side any time soon.
Following UFC 242, which saw Nurmagomedov retain the UFC lightweight championship against Dustin Poirier, McGregor took to social media to try and stake his claim for another title shot. And he wants such a battle to take place in enemy territory — Nurmagomedov’s home country of Russia.
Book my rematch for Moscow.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
UFC 242 marked Nurmagomedov’s first fight since his showdown with McGregor at UFC 229 last year, a fight which saw Nurmagomedov submit McGregor in the fourth round. The Dagestani champion then jumped out of the Octagon to attack Dillon Danis and McGregor’s cornermen, and two of Nurmagomedov’s teammates got into the cage to brawl with McGregor. Nurmagomedov was suspended nine months for the incident, while McGregor was suspended six.
The intensity in the feud hasn’t cooled, with the UFC forced to intervene in a social media exchange between the two earlier this year.
McGregor has stated intentions to return to the Octagon, and has openly stated he would like to rematch Nurmagomedov. The feeling after UFC 242, however, is that most of the MMA community would like to see a long-awaited showdown between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson — a fight that has been scheduled and lost four times — finally take place.
UFC President Dana White confirmed during the UFC 242 post-fight press conference that the plan is for Ferguson to be next in line; however, a McGregor rematch “makes a lot of sense” if Ferguson refuses or cannot make the fight.