The last time we all saw former UFC champ-champ, Conor McGregor, fighting inside the Octagon, he was on the wrong end of a submission loss to Khabib Nurmgomedov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That was way back in October of 2018.
Nearly a year removed from just his second loss inside the world-famous and iconic Octagon, McGregor seems to be gearing up for his much-anticipated MMA return. Against who, though, remains a mystery.
Conor has alluded to the sentiment that he is simply riding the wave and waiting out the storm that will be Khabib against Dustin Poirier, set to go down in a few weeks at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.
During a recent interview, Conor spoke about his desire to get a rematch against “The Eagle,” though he wouldn’t wait too long for him.
Like Conor, his head coach Jon Kavanagh believes the rematch will be much different, and it will only take a the tweaking of a few mistakes that occurred in the first encounter.
“There is absolute confidence that I have in him and he has in himself. So I don’t think it’s important (tune up fight) when it’s a very unique character,” said Jon during an interview on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “Watching the fight, we would be very confident in a rematch.”
Jon admits he himself made a few mistakes while in the corner and ear of Conor.
“When I was prepping for the fight, I had been watching Khabib for a long, long time. I was trying to come up with ways of defending everything. I should’ve trusted more on Conor’s instincts and his ability to attack more,” he added.
“So that would definitely be a change.”
“Watching the fight, you see…watch round three. There is stuff there. With small changes there’s big differences. We made mistakes, but don’t repeat them. I believe the rematch will be very, very different.”
Of course, should the rematch happen, Jon says Conor will have to switch up his training to mirror that of “Rocky 3,” as Rocky Balboa came back to defeat Clubber Lang in the rematch after losing to him in the first fight.
”We’d have to go … it’s kind of funny, to use a ridiculous analogy, it’s a bit like Rocky 3. We’ve got this up and coming guy and I wanna go back to get the eye of the tiger, go back and train in an old school gym,” he added.
In the classic film, Rocky was living the rich life when he lost to the up-and comer, then went on to go back to basics and isolation to train like a hungry fighter to get revenge.
Regardless if Khabib wins or loses against Poireir, the rematch is still there for the making, as Conor is the biggest name in the sport and can write his own ticket, which means talking his way into a rematch despite the recent loss isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
On the flip side, if Khabib loses, then UFC can still book a rematch against Conor since they will both be coming off losses. It’s a win-win situation all the way around for everyone involved.
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