Conor McGregor Calls for Khabib Nurmagomedov Rematch After UFC 229 Defeat

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06:  Conor McGregor of Ireland looks on from the octagon before competing against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)
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Former UFC two-weight champion Conor McGregor didn't face the press after his loss to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Saturday but called for a rematch on social media hours after the post-fight brawl.

The Notorious tweeted out this short message:

McGregor finally made his return to the Octagon after an absence of nearly two years and lost to the undefeated Nurmagomedov by rear-naked choke in the fourth round. The Russian had dominated large stretches of the fight up until that point.

Chaos ensued after the fight was called. Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage to fight members of McGregor's team, and the Notorious was attacked by several men inside the Octagon, per BBC Sport.

UFC President Dana White opted not to hand Nurmagomedov his belt inside the Octagon and the post-fight press conference took place without the Notorious. The winner's appearance lasted less than three minutes (warning: strong language):

Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier weighed in on the scenes after the event:

The brawl largely overshadowed what was an excellent title fight. Nurmagomedov looked rather comfortable for much of the scrap but did struggle with McGregor's movement at times.

Per journalist Adam Hill, all judges gave the Notorious one round, marking the first time in the Russian's career he definitively lost a round:

Former interim champion Tony Ferguson beat Anthony Pettis in the co-main event to give himself a chance at the title. The 34-year-old hasn't lost since 2012 and only injuries have kept him from competing for the undisputed strap.

Per the BBC, Nurmagomedov will be subject of an investigation from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his role in the post-fight brawl. The outcome of that investigation will likely determine the short-term future of the lightweight division.

Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have their own rivalry despite never facing each other in the Octagon. As reported by Bloody Elbow's Anton Tabuena, the two have been booked to face each other four times.

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