Conor McGregor has broken his silence after the disgraceful scenes at UFC 229, stoking the flames in his rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor was attacked in the Octagon after tapping out to lose the bout in the fourth round, with two individuals climbing in from ringside to confront the Irishman.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, leapt out of the cage to spark a mass brawl in the crowd as he went in pursuit of Dillon Danis — a member of McGregor’s team.
The Russian has had his share of the purse withheld and has been warned by UFC president Dana White that he could yet be stripped of the belt.
White also explained that a rematch could be some way off as the Nevada State Athletic Commission considers how to deal with those involved in the ruckus, but he did not rule out the prospect of a second fight between the pair.
And McGregor took to Twitter to tease another instalment.
“Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch,” he tweeted.
Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018
He also took to Instagram to show he hasn’t lost any of his flare.
His tweet sent fans into a frenzy, eager to see the two combatants go at each other one more time.
It was retweeted close to 100,000 times as of Monday morning (AEDT), racking up 370K likes.
Will there be a rematch?
A McGregor-Nurmagomedov rematch would do phenomenal numbers, if only because everyone would want to see if it devolved again into pandemonium.
“People are going to get arrested tonight,” UFC president Dana White told Nurmagomedov after the chaos calmed down, and the fighter responded, “Put me in jail. No problem.”
That’s the kind of publicity the UFC dreams of, and a rematch would promote every bit of the post-fight insanity.
The question, of course, is where the fight would take place. The Nevada Athletic Commission will almost certainly levy sanctions on Nurmagomedov for leaving the Octagon; according to White, the commission is withholding Nurmagomedov’s paycheck.
The commission has the power to fine or suspend Nurmagomedov and the length of the suspension will obviously have an impact on the immediate prospects for a rematch.
But UFC 229 will go down as one of the most profitable and most-watched pay-per-views of all time. The people know what they want, and they’ll almost surely get it again.
With Yahoo Sports