We are less than two weeks removed from the fight and yet the buzz for a potential rematch between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov is already starting to generate, especially now when you consider the post fight madness that transpired shortly after their initial fight was over at UFC 229.
Now of course, by some chance should we get a re-run of McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov, it would have millions of dollars written all over it as it would undoubtedly be the most anticipated UFC championship rematch ever.
Plus, the fact that many a UFC fan would be piling up their life’s savings to buy it on pay-per-view, witness it live at whatever arena it take place at, or pack out out their nearest local sports bar to watch it.
Bottom line is if the rematch is able to be signed, the UFC can expect another great day in the ratings department as well as the bank.
At the same time however, it isn’t the best interest from a rankings perspective for the fight to be ran back being that that the UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov dominated and finished McGregor convincingly in the fourth round via submission.
One of those few people who care not to see this epic encounter transpire again, is non other than longtime UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.
Yesterday on the latest episode of his Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, Rogan explained in detail just why he does not want to see McGregor and Nurmagomedov match up again.
“There’s all this talk about a Conor rematch, because financially that would be a fantastic fight,” Joe Rogan said on the Joe Rogan Experience recently (transcript via MMA Fighting). “Financially. But if you look at what happened, that was a dominant victory. There was one round where Conor did pretty good, the third round. Other than that, Khabib just sort of dominated him. I mean, he dropped him in the second, beat the f*cking shit out of him in the fourth. The third was a round where Conor did pretty good, because most of it was standing up.”
“I guess you could say that’s the same thing that sort of happened in the Nate Diaz fight [with McGregor] and then Conor came back and won the rematch,” Rogan continued. “So, this is the argument. The argument is Conor was rusty, he’s out of the cage for two years, he gets back in, let’s do a rematch. Then, financially — Jesus Christ. It was the biggest [UFC] fight of all time. They’re saying it was above 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, which is f*cking bananas. That’s huge.”
“If they could talk people into a rematch, I get it,” Rogan concluded. “But I don’t want to see that. I want to see Tony [Ferguson]. I want to see Tony and Khabib.”
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