McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch will definitely happen at some point, as revealed to ESPN by an MMA insider. But UFC would hate to give up live gate sales.
McGregor vs. Khabib – Can It Happen Without the Crowd?
It was a common expecatation that either McGregor or Nurmagomedov will be next, following Justin Gaethje’s successful attempt to claim the UFC interim lightweight title at UFC 249 after defeating Tony Ferguson.
Even though UFC was the first organization to hold a sports event in the face of coronavirus pandemic, MMA insider Richard Hunter claims that promotion will never allow a McGregor fight to happen in absence of live fans.
The former UFC 2-division champion has since forever been prepared to take on Nurmagomedov, according to Hunter. He is certain that it will happen. However, based on his familiarity with the UFC, management is unlikely to miss out on live gate sales.
McGregor vs. Khabib: Comments from Hunter and Gaethje
“I suppose if he (McGregor) announced that he’s ready to fight and he wants to fight Khabib. Although, I’ll tell you this, I don’t see that happening and this is kind of a unique scenario. One thing the UFC does not want to do, they’re ok right now under the circumstances with having to put on these fights with no crowd, but you do not want to lose a Conor McGregor live gate. That is a live gate like no other live gate,” Hunter revealed.
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“He (McGregor) doesn’t hold the cards right now. I put myself in a great position. I asked for a say in my destiny, and I showed up. Now I can pick between Khabib and Conor right now. If I wanted to fight Conor right now, I could. Believe me. Why wouldn’t [UFC president] Dana White put that together?” Gaethje said.
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Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov is battling a situation with his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov allegedly in a coma in Moscow which reports have claimed is because of COVID-19.