Almost one month removed from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s submission win over Conor McGregor and the ensuing melee that broke out at UFC 229, Dana White still doesn’t have any answers about what is next for the UFC lightweight division or its two biggest stars.
Speaking at the UFC 230 post-fight press conference this weekend, White addressed the UFC lightweight title picture and what the future held for Nurmagomedov and McGregor, saying that both Khabib and Conor were stuck in limbo until the situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission can be resolved.
“We’re on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s time now,” White said. “We’re waiting until November or December – whenever that thing is – and then when that thing plays out we’ll know where we sit, then we’ll know what’s next.”
Nurmagomedov and McGregor were both handed provisional suspensions following the brawl that broke out at UFC 229 when Nurmagomedov jumped into the crowd to attack members of McGregor’s team after his victory. The NAC is also withholding half of Nurmagomedov’s $2M fight purse until the commission meets again on Dec. 10 to rule on the situation. Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor could be looking at substantial suspensions or further sanctions depending on the NAC’s ruling. If that doesn’t happen though, White says that McGregor, for one, is ready to get right back to work.
“Conor and I talked for an hour last week,” said White. “Typical Conor. ‘I would love an immediate rematch. I want to fight him again but I’ll fight whoever I gotta fight to get back to him if that’s not the case.’”
White did not mention whether the UFC was actually considering granting McGregor the rematch, though the possibility certainly exists. After Nate Diaz submitted him in their first fight at UFC 196, McGregor was given an immediate rematch and the event was the biggest UFC pay-per-view event in history until UFC 229. A rematch with Nurmagomedov, especially after the attention the post-fight brawl received, is likely the biggest fight the UFC can put on right now.
If the UFC opts not to though, McGregor could find himself with a rematch of another sort to get back in the title picture: either against Nate Diaz or Dustin Poirier. Diaz and Poirier were supposed to compete at UFC 230 with a shot at the winner of the presumed Khabib vs. Tony Ferguson lightweight title fight on the line. Instead, and injury forced Poirier off the card and now both men are free to face off with McGregor early next year.
That could come in handy too since the UFC may soon be at odds with Nurmagomedov over pay. Khabib’s team recently announced that they want $50 million for his next fight (McGregor’s rumored take home from UFC 229) and that’s a price tag White does not seem willing to pay.
“Sure. [Laughing] Come on! They know what’s realistic for them,” said White. “They know the answer to that question. It’s fun to say though, $50 million.”
If Nurmagomedov holds out for more money, we could be seeing McGregor back in the title picture sooner rather than later.
Results. Get a rundown of everything that happened Saturday night at UFC 230.
Old man. Daniel Cormier nearly pulled out of UFC 230 after injuring his back sneezing.
What the hell? Floyd Mayweather to fight Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 14.
The Future is now. Dana White: Israel Adesanya ‘is the future’.
Options. Daniel Cormier says he’d like to fight Jon Jones if Brock Lesnar is unavailable.
Huh? Derrick Lewis on loss to Daniel Cormier: I was ‘caught off guard’ by single-leg takedowns.
UFC 230 Post-Fight Show.
If you don’t know, now you know. Get acquainted with the new GOAT.
Still the Double Champ.
Now there’s an idea.
We may have lost Mayweather-Khabib but we’ve gained GGG-Khabib and GGG-Conor.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 230.
Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 230, the upcoming Fight Night card, and Chris Weidman.
The big Instagram of the weekend.
Carl’s Jr. repping for DC.
Floyd has been working on this one for awhile it seems.
Poor Khabib. Never saw this coming.
And Coker has been busy as well. . .
Weird, outdated trash talk.
Complain about not being in the main event and you miss weight. ♂️
— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) November 2, 2018
Talk about making weight and pooping yourself and not fighting
— Jarred Brooks (@The_monkeygod) November 3, 2018
At least I didn’t get beat by a turnbuckle and the only thing you would be dropping is these on your mustache
— Jarred Brooks (@The_monkeygod) November 5, 2018
Ben Askren has a knack for trash talking people he will never fight.
Look @dillondanis if you haven’t figured this out yet, I’m much smarter than you, much better at MMA, much better at pretty much everything than you. I’m pretty much everything that you aspire to be.
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 5, 2018
Unfortunately last night didn’t workout for me. Congrats to Jacare & his family & team on a amazing win. He is a true warrior & it was an honor to share the octagon with him. Thanks to everyone for the support, love & prayers. I appreciate it all. I will be back better from this!
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) November 4, 2018
In life you have two options . Sit around feeling sorry for yourself or get up and do something about it . Life’s journey! MOVING FORWARD
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 5, 2018
Mad respect for this.
2005: Diego Sanchez defeated Nick Diaz at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale. Also that evening, Rashad Evans made his UFC debut, winning a split decision over Brad Imes to win the TUF heavyweight tournament.
2006: At Pride Bushido 13, Kazuo Misaki won the 2006 Pride welterweight grand prix with a split decision over Denis Kang in the finals. Earlier that evening, Misaki was submitted by Paulo Filho but Filho withdrew from the finals and Misaki was tapped to fight in his stead. Also that evening, Takanori Gomi won a split decision over Marcus Aurelio to retain his lightweight title.
2008: Mike Thomas Brown knocked out Urijah Faber to win the WEC featherweight championship at WEC 36. In the co-main event that evening, Chael Sonnen defeated middleweight champion Paulo Filho, but did not win the title as Filho had missed weight, forcing the bout to be contested at a catchweight.
2016: Tony Ferguson outworked Rafael dos Anjos to earn a unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.
This Floyd news is wild but here is what’s gonna happen: They’ll tease modified rules set and things like that, but ultimately it will be a boxing match. Probably like an 8 rounder even. Floyd wins but gets a tune up before rematching Pacquiao next May.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow!
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