Conor McGregor: Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch 'unavoidable

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Conor McGregor: Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch 'unavoidable

Conor McGregor: Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch 'unavoidable 

Conor McGregor said a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov was "unavoidable" after his knockout win over Donald 'Cowpoke' Cerrone at UFC 246. 

McGregor made his rebound in style, taking only 40 seconds to stop the American, 36, in Las Vegas, USA. 

It was the Irishman's first battle since losing to Nurmagomedov in October 2018. 

"That rematch will occur," said McGregor, 31. "Take a gander at the shape I was in this camp contrasted and the last. It's non-similar." 

McGregor beats Cerrone - as it occurred 

McGregor v Cerrone - tune in to full battle discourse 

McGregor's thrashing by Nurmagomedov was his first UFC session in very nearly two years - and his first battle since losing an enclosing match to Floyd Mayweather August 2017. 

After McGregor's rebound win, Mayweather implied via web-based networking media that he would leave retirement for a rematch and, minutes after the fact, the undefeated American, 42, posted a picture saying "Mayweather McGregor 2020". 

Since beating McGregor, Nurmagomedov stays undefeated. The 31-year-old Russian is booked to confront Tony Ferguson of the United States on 18 April at UFC 249, despite the fact that the pair have just had four sessions deferred. 

"It's not the most important thing in the world," included McGregor, who said March was a possibility for his next battle. "I'll concentrate on my aptitudes and my preparation and afterward continue. 

"The 'who' doesn't make a difference, the division doesn't make a difference. It's only an instance of keeping myself fit as a fiddle and centered, and I'll accept it as it comes. I felt fiery, new. I needed to be in there." 

UFC president Dana White accepts a rematch among McGregor and Nurmagomedov would be "the greatest battle in the game's history". 

"Conor McGregor looked absurd," said White after the Las Vegas session. "No one saw that coming, no one. I was overwhelmed. 

"Going into the Khabib battle, Conor had a great deal of individual stuff, some stuff self-caused. He had wounds. He has been fixated on getting that rematch since he realizes that he wasn't 100% right. 

"With how Khabib won the principal battle and how well known he's become, we're taking a gander at [Marvin] Hagler-[Thomas] Hearns, we're taking a gander at [Muhammad] Ali-[George] Foreman, Ali-[Joe] Frazier. 

"This is a gigantic battle with worldwide intrigue. The battle you make. The battle bodes well. Khabib versus Conor is the greatest battle in the game's history." 

McGregor was the first UFC contender to hold titles in two weight divisions at the same time and his exhaustive win over Cerrone saw him become the first to guarantee knockouts at featherweight, lightweight and now welterweight. 

He hit Cerrone with his shoulder in the secure before handling a head kick that set up the completion, with McGregor handling a whirlwind of punches after his rival dropped to his knees. 

"I just went out sure," included McGregor. "At the point when we isolated [after the shoulder blow] and I saw the busted nose, I thought: 'Flawless, cheerful days.' 

"I knew Donald was wanting to kick me in the head and add to his resume of most head-kick knockouts, so I was glad to land a kick on Donald myself. 

"It's such a wild game and a mental rollercoaster. It merits each penny this business. It's a decent buzz." 

Cerrone, nicknamed 'Cattle rustler', expected McGregor to make a quick beginning yet not to be gotten by his shoulder. 

"He got me immediately and mutilated me," said the 51-battle veteran. "I've never observed anything like that. He found me way napping. 

"He busted my nose, it began dying, at that point he ventured back and head-kicked me. I resembled: 'Goodness, man, this happened this quick.' I got my rear end whipped early." 


Scratch Peet, MMA writer on BBC Radio 5 Live 

Cerrone seemed as though he had been hit by a truck. That was actually what Conor needed to do. 

You could see as it so happens he needed to get that left hand moving, and once Cowboy tossed that high kick - which we as a whole concurred was perhaps the best weapon - he countered with one straight away. That is the thing that prompted the completion. 

There was no dry ice here today around evening time, no enormous vehement ring walk [as there was against Nurmagomedov]. It was all the same old thing. He got in there and took care of business. Presently the bluster can return. 

Jorge Masvidal, Kamaru Usman and a couple of others were pulling their faces cageside. In any case, they're cageside for an explanation - they all need the Conor battle. Also, at the present time, the force is back in the hands of Conor McGregor. He will currently pick what he does straightaway.

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