Original: Apr 6, Irishman Conor McGregor became the biggest star in the sport of mixed martial arts while claiming the Ultimate Fighting Championship's featherweight and lightweight titles. Who Is Conor McGregor? Conor McGregor rose from a tough neighborhood to become the biggest star in the sport of mixed martial arts MMA.
Click to playTap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Get the biggest daily news stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. After two years away, McGregor challenged for the lightweight title in his first fight back in the Octagon.
But he was thoroughly dominated by Nurmagomedov who submitted his rival by rear-naked choke in the fourth round. The result means McGregor has lost two of his last four fights in the cage having also tasted defeat by Nate Diaz. But the outcome of the fight was only half of the story as chaos erupted in the T-Mobile Arena following the conclusion of the bout.
Nurmagomedov, having been goaded by McGregor's teammate Dillon Danis, made a bee-line for the American, leaping over the Octagon to get to him.
John Kavanagh, McGregor's coach, has claimed that it will likely be summer by the time he returns to the Octagon. But who would McGregor come up against if he returns to the squared circle?
We run down the options and the latest rumours Tenshin Nasuakawa It's safe to say that McGregor likes money - and Floyd Mayweather has led the way on that regard once before, so he might do the same again. Why wouldn't McGregor want to do the same?
Please arrange this, this instnt. Yours sincerely. The champ champ. Khabib Nurmagomedov They couldnt, could they? The chances of playing back the fight are slim, but there is also no doubt the fight would be even bigger a second time around.
Had the first meeting not ended so shamefully, a rematch would have been on no-one's lips given the dominant nature of Nurmagomedov's victory. But his performance became a footnote when he decided to leap over the cage and confront Danis. McGregor's first tweet since he was escorted from the arena was to demand a rematch, and the bad blood between the two would ensure huge pay-per-view number.
But Nurmagomedov must first face the Nevada Athletic State Committee which will determine his punishment.
If he is handed a a lengthy ban, he can kiss goodbye to another monster pay day. Nate Diaz McGregor has repeatedly insisted he will grant Diaz a rematch after the American did likewise following their first fight.
Their second meeting in August set the UFC pay-per-view record of 1. Diaz was due to face Dustin Poirier in New York in November but that fight was cancelled and he is now on the lookout for his next opponent.
It seems inevitable that McGregor and Diaz will renew their rivalry sooner rather than later - they could even do so for the interim title if Nurmagomedov is suspended by the NASC committee but not stripped of his belt by the UFC. Anderson Silva claimed that he wanted to fight Diaz's brother Nick in an event in Brazil.
Tony Ferguson Ferguson has missed out on a fight with Nurmagomedov on several occasions over the years and was stripped of his interim lightweight title in April when he was injured days before he was due to take on the Russian.
He remains furious with that decision but delivered an impressive performance at UFC when he defeat Anthony Pettis. Pettis retired hurt with a suspected broken hand after a second round that will go down as one of the best of the year.
Ferguson is now within touching distance of that fight the champion - but his fate could also depend on what punishment the commission decides to hand down. Ferguson also said he is open to fighting McGregor but that is only likely if Nurmagomedov is handed a long ban - or if Ferguson would rather have the pay cheque that comes with facing the Irishman than a shot at the belt.
Georges St-Pierre The former welterweight and middleweight champion is believed to have tried a test cut to lb with a view to facing McGregor in a fight that - while not for a belt - would be one of the biggest in UFC history.
St-Pierre has of course peaked but he is only likely to be interested in marque names in the twilight of his career - and McGregor certainly fits the bill.
The fight would be perfect for New York in the spring of but it remains to be seen whether GSP will return to the Octagon at all, nevermind at lightweight. Given McGregor's defeat by Nurmagomedov, however, another option could be to make the fight at a catchweight of lb. UFC president Dana White is not keen on introducing the new division but this bout might be the exception that proves the rule.