Last year, Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0) successfully defended his UFC lightweight championship against Conor McGregor (21-4) via fourth-round submission in the main event of UFC 229 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight sold around 2.4 Million pay-per-view buys and drew 20,034 fans and generated a live gate of $17.2 million. The PPV was the biggest in the history of UFC and according to UFC president Dana White, the Irishmen wants a rematch with Khabib.
Last week Dana White announced that UFC will have a new belt and immediately Conor took to social media and announced, “I’m back”.
This made White very happy and he said to ESPN in an Instagram post, “It’s one of the main things I love about Conor McGregor: The belt means a lot to him and being a world champion means everything to him, I love it. … 100 percent (it still means everything to him). 100 percent.”
According to White, the Irishmen has made more money than he will ever need, but him wanting to come back is an encouraging sign.
“When a guy starts to make crazy money, life-changing money, and he’s in one of those positions where he’s not just making it from the fights – he’s making it in other businesses that he has going on right now – you find out what people are all about, how passionate they are about what they do, when the money comes,” White said. “Conor and I still communicate regularly and he’s very fired up about coming back and becoming a world champion again.”
Dana White continued:
“He’ll fight anybody, Obviously he would love the rematch with Khabib, but he’ll fight anybody.”