|Ireland’s Conor McGregor faces Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov.|
Conor McGregor, a mixed martial arts superstar (MMA), was dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) lightweight belt on October 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, two years after his last fight at the UFC. The confrontation has, in the wake, degenerated following an outburst of Russian. Will the Irish get a revenge?
Of course, this is not the first defeat of Conor McGregor’s career. Since his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in 2008, the Irishman has lost 4 times in 25 fights, including a loss in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the most prestigious league in MMA. It was in March 2016 against the American Nate Diaz and the one nicknamed “The Notorious” had taken his revenge six months later.
But the rout against Khabib Nurmagomedov, October 7, 2018, on the occasion of UFC 229, tarnished the image of superstar Conor McGregor, even if he won a round against the Russian, totally unbeaten before that (26 wins and no round lost).
The end of the show completely degenerated when Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped out of the combat zone to settle accounts with the entourage of the Irish, including Dillon Danis. The ensuing chaos prompted the UFC to cancel the lightweight belt rebellion and raise threats of sanctions or even suspensions against the winner. As for Conor McGregor, he dodged microphones and cameras, commenting on Twitter: ” Blowhard. Look forward to revenge. Before adding, more incisive: “We lost the match but won the battle. The war continues.”
Will the UFC allow this second act in the octagon? Nurmagomedov let out his anger after weeks of provocations and insults. In April 2018, McGregor and relatives had tried to engage the native of Makhachkala before a fight for the lightweight belt. Despite his two years away from MMA, Conor McGregor felt that this title still belonged to him.
Despite this brutal rush into a lawsuit, and despite a deleterious climate, the UFC had decided to hold a highly publicized and very lucrative confrontation between the two men. But the excesses that occurred in Las Vegas will undoubtedly push the league to think twice before reaching the request of his emblematic figure and his staff, who have put oil on the fire by making fun of the origins and Nurmagomedov’s family.
Contractually, Conor McGregor still has to fight five times under the banner of the UFC. His aura, which goes far beyond sport, makes it obviously still very attractive, despite all its excesses.
For the general public, who knows little about martial arts, he is the one who lost in boxing against Floyd Mayweather in August 2017 and then against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In recent months, he has spent a significant amount of his time working on his various businesses, including a brand of whiskey.
“Do not bury McGregor”
From a strictly sporting point of view, does the native of Dublin have the means to return to the top? Bertrand Amoussou, president of the French Commission of Mixed Martial Arts (CFMMA), does not worry about the icon of the discipline: ” It can happen to everyone to make a half-hearted fight. You must not bury McGregor. Nurmagomedov did what he could do best. From the moment McGregor did not find the solution to touch it, it was clear that the fight was going to be like that.
“It’s been two years since McGregor was out of the cage,” said Gilles Arsene, a combat sports consultant for RMC Sport. He trained but he arrived with the insufficient physical condition […]. And then at the level of the striking [the various boxing techniques, boxing Thai and kickboxing, Editor’s note], which is his strong point, we did not see him excelled as he did in the past. We saw it rather slow, static. Even in his own field, he was not excellent. It proves a lack of preparation, cage, ring. He was caught up a bit with reality”.
However, Gilles Arsene does not doubt the talent of Conor McGregor. ” And he’s someone very proud. It’s undeniable that he will want his revenge. He has no choice if he wants his legend to continue. He must wash the affront.