Conor McGregor has gone from strongly hinting that his retirement received’t final to calling for a “rematch” with Khabib Nurmagomedov. In an interview with motivational speaker Tony Robbins, the brash Irishman additionally crowed about touchdown “the ultimate blow of the evening,” through the melee that adopted his loss to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October.
“Though the match didn’t go my manner, the battle went my manner. And belief me once I let you know, Tony, this battle will not be over,” McGregor stated on a podcast hosted by Robbins and recorded in early April however not posted till final week.
“If this battle doesn’t occur once more, if it doesn’t get reset, it’s on them,” McGregor added. “They’re operating away. I’m right here for the battle and right here for the rematch.”
Nurmagomedov (27-0) retained his UFC light-weight crown within the much-hyped battle towards McGregor (21-4), who had held the title earlier earlier than being stripped of it for inactivity. Instantly following Nurmagomedov’s win by submission within the fourth spherical, he leaped out of the cage to confront a McGregor teammate working in his nook, whereas members of the Russian’s camp breached the Octagon to tackle McGregor.
Within the wake of the brawl, Nurmagomedov was given a nine-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Fee, retroactive to the date of the incident, plus a $500,000 superb. McGregor acquired a six-month ban and a $50,000 superb, however he was pleased to inform Robbins, “On the finish of the day, I landed the ultimate blow of the evening, proper on his brother’s eye socket.”
McGregor was referring to a cousin of Nurmagomedov who climbed atop the cage and was punched by the Dublin native. “I seen him there. It was like a Christmas current,” McGregor stated.
Two different teammates of Nurmagomedov attacked McGregor within the Octagon, after he stated they “got here proper over my again.” As he described it, one of many teammates “ran in entrance of me and went over to the brother that acquired smacked and was like, ‘What occurred?’
“I don’t know what he was saying,” McGregor continued, “however then he turned again and noticed me. However I had already noticed him, in order he turned again, growth — I smacked him. He wobbled. And as I smacked him and rocked him, one other one jumped in from over the again, and he sly-hooked me from the facet. After which I lined up.
“That acquired separated, after which the ultimate one was the unique brother who was on the highest of the cage — he broke free from the safety, ran at 100 miles an hour in the direction of me. He threw a proper hand. As he threw that proper hand, I threw a left hand. Increase!”
“The ultimate blow of the evening!” McGregor exclaimed. “In order that’s it. I win.”
As McGregor’s suspension was coming to an finish in late March, he made a surprising announcement that he’d “determined to retire” from blended martial arts. Nevertheless, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than he was buying and selling extremely disagreeable barbs with Nurmagomedov on-line, and he advised followers in a tweet, “See you within the Octagon.”
Whereas Nurmagomedov is tentatively anticipated to have a September title battle with Dustin Poirier, it’s nonetheless unknown when and towards whom McGregor might be making his return, if in any respect. In feedback revealed Tuesday by ESPN, up-and-coming light-weight Justin Gaethje stated that he wished to tackle McGregor, and that if the latter is “not going to battle” then the UFC ought to “take him out of the rankings.”
Given the reported plans for Nurmagomedov, it might appear to be in McGregor’s curiosity to search out one other UFC opponent if he desires to battle in any respect this 12 months. Whereas it stays to be seen how that performs out, he made it clear that he does need one other shot on the undefeated Russian.
“Let’s see what occurs subsequent time,” McGregor advised Robbins. “I’m assured we’ll get it once more — let’s go once more.”