Saturday afternoon in the UFC 242 main event on ESPN+ pay-per-view, weeks of hype gave way to a highly-anticipated main event.
In case you were too busy watching a college football game to watch this event, Khabib Nurmagomedov fought Dustin Poirier in a UFC Lightweight championship unification bout in the main draw of the afternoon.
Nurmagomedov defeated Poirier by third-round submission due to a rear-naked choke to retain the belt.
Dustin Poirier was the interim Lightweight champion prior to this main event in the wake of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retroactive nine-month suspension due to the post-fight brawl after the UFC 229 main event last fall.
Unlike the melee that ensued last October, peace prevailed over the post-fight festivities on Saturday, with Nurmagomedov shown on the telecast hugging UFC President Dana White after the win.
After Saturday afternoon’s main event, Conor McGregor, who lost to Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 last year, had this to say:
Book my rematch for Moscow.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
Justin Gaethje, however, took Conor McGregor to task in a late night tweet on Saturday, calling McGregor, among other things, “a tool”, adding “You have lost everything already”.
This got me to thinking as to whether or not a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor could be in the offing.
Given the post-fight antics that unfolded last October, I can only hope that if a rematch does, in fact, happen, the UFC doubles or triples its normal fight night security fleet.
A bigger question surrounding this issue is one of:
Would the UFC even want to schedule this pairing again for a future pay-per-view?
As I mentioned last year after the melee occurred in Las Vegas following the UFC 229 pay-per-view, that incident was a black eye for mixed martial arts and combat sports as a whole.
Yet, the possibility exists that we might see it run back.
Think of all the pay-per-view buys it would do, all the press coverage it would generate, and all the hype it would bring.
Still, I’m a little bit on the fence about it, but what do you think?
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