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07th Oct 2018

Conor McGregor calls for rematch after UFC 229 loss to Khabib


He wants a rematch

Conor McGregor has tweeted for the first time since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.

The Dublin fighter lost to the undefeated lightweight champion after a fourth-round submission on his return to the Octagon for the first time since November 2016.

It was a dominant win for Nurmagomedov. The lightweight champion was leading by three or four points before the submission – (39-35 or 39-36, depending on the judge). He forced the tap from the Irishman with a tap after applying a neck crank.

McGregor’s call for a rematch may be complicated by the ugly scenes that followed the bout, as Khabib capped a brilliant performance by jumping into the crowd and attacking the Irishman’s teammate Dillon Danis.

The Dubliner was then attacked from behind in the cage. In the press conference following the fight, Nurmagomedov, who is having his purse for the bout withheld, turned the focus back on his opponent, saying he had disrespected him.

“First of all I want to say sorry to Athletic Commission. Sorry to Vegas,” he said.

“This is not my best side. I am human. He talked about my religion. He talk about my country. He talk about my father. He come to Brooklyn and he broke bus. What about this shit?

“Why are people taking about jumping on top of cage. This is a respect sport. This is not a trash-talking sport. You cannot talk about religion or nation. For me, this is very important.”