Will Conor Mcgregor Fight Again in 2019?
After losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov by submission at UFC 229, held in Paradise, Nevada on October 6th, 2018, Conor McGregor took his time to heal, both physically and psychologically. Then, at the end of March 2019, he surprised the mixed martial arts world with the announcement he was retiring altogether from the octagon. But this latest stint was not taken seriously, since he had also announced his retirement on Twitter in April 2016. This time around, he performed another U-turn and told the world 10 days later he was eager to fight again and reclaim his title, lost to Nurmagomedov.
Will the Rematch Actually Happen?
Although not having fought since his defeat, it is unlikely that a rematch bout will be set in 2019. Nurmagomedov is already committed to fighting Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September, and since an average respite time of 5 months between fights is the norm for UFC combatants, this would push a rematch well into 2020. Of course, McGregor could fight in either UFC 244 (November 2nd) or UFC 245 (December 14th), in which fight matchups have still to be made public, but time seems to be running out on his chances for a 2019 fight. At least, a championship fight for the Lightweight Title.
With his massive global recognition, McGregor yields considerable negotiating power over the UFC. Some even think he wants a piece of the ownership of the organization. As a focalizing actor in this chain of events, it is even conceivable he’ll show up at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on September 7th. On that night, the main event will be the unifying bout between Nurmagomedov and Poirier. Dana White, UFC President, even expects McGregor to be in attendance.
Mcgregor’s Temperament Outside the Ring
There has been a lot of bad blood between McGregor and Nurmagomedov in the past. The post-fight scuffle at UFC 229, after McGregor lost his title to Nurmagomedov, resulted in a six-month suspension and a 50 000$ fine for the Irish fighter. But moreover, the trash-talk over social media between the two has flared incandescently and slurs have been slung even to Nurmagomedov’s wife by a blunt McGregor. Which is to say that the Irishman would have to be a bit mad to show up at Abu Dhabi, a Muslim city, after insulting a woman on her religious attire.
But McGregor would have to earn the privilege of a bout with Nurmagomedov. The rumor mill have him fight Donald Cerrone, a fighter with a style that complements the Irishman’s, but this confrontation still has to be confirmed. Nurmagomedov’s father and coach are said to ask for a $30 million payoff for a rematch. The fight would have to be held in Russia. Prioritizing competition over money, the Russian’s camp has always preferred to secure a fight against deserving opponents, such as Tony Ferguson. They see little reason to face McGregor again. Unless forced to by the UFC, a rematch between the two fighters seems almost a pipe dream.
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