'Book my rematch for Moscow': McGregor reacts to Khabib victory at UFC 242
Conor McGregor has implored UFC chiefs to book a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov in Moscow as the Irishman reacted to the Russian star's lightweight title unification victory in Abu Dhabi.
Lightweight ruler Nurmagomedov extended his unblemished record to 28-0 as he beat American interim champion Dustin Poirier via third-round submission in the UAE capital on Saturday night.
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That was the Dagestani fighter's first octagon appearance since his win over McGregor in Las Vegas 11 months ago - and it wasn't long before the Irishman responded.
"Book my rematch for Moscow," McGregor tweeted to his 7.7 million followers.
Book my rematch for Moscow.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
While a trip to the Russian capital might be the wish of former two-weight champ McGregor, it appears unlikely given that Tony Ferguson is widely considered as the best candidate for the next shot at Khabib - including by the Russian himself.
Khabib also said recently that he was willing to "go to jail" if he saw his Irish nemesis again.
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But while it may seem outlandish given the current state of the 155lbs division - as well as the fact that McGregor is yet to make his own return to the octagon since losing to Khabib - the money and interest in a Moscow showdown would no doubt be enormous.
McGregor has also been a visitor to the Russian capital before, meeting President Vladimir Putin at the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.Also on rt.com ‘Are you disrespecting Putin!?’ - Conor goads Khabib over WC final pic with Russian President
The Irishman used that meeting as part of his trashtalk against Nurmagomedov in the run-up to their fight in Las Vegas.
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