Conor McGregor’s future in the UFC remains unclear.
The Irishman took to Twitter following his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 to call for a rematch with the Russian.
Yet despite McGregor’s wishes, it doesn’t seem as though he will get another shot at the UFC lightweight title straight away.
UFC president Dana White believes Tony Ferguson, not McGregor, deserves the chance to fight for Nurmagomedov’s belt.
“We need to do what's right and what's fair,” White told ESPN.
What also doesn’t help McGregor’s hopes of a rematch is the manner of his defeat.
Nurmagomedov outclassed him during their encounter, with McGregor tapping in the fourth round.
Footage of McGregor backstage emerges
Some may have forgotten just how convincing The Eagle’s display was thanks to the mass brawl that dominated the headlines in the days after the fight.
But McGregor wasn’t close to Nurmagomedov’s level.
The Notorious’ striking coach Owen Roddy has released a vlog from fight night, which includes the moments in the build-up to the main event.
In the footage, referee Herb Dean can be seen explaining the rules in McGregor in his dressing room.
We also see McGregor getting taped up and get to follow him to the Octagon.
It’s great footage. But viewers have been left with the same observation - that the Dubliner looks nervous.
They may have a point. McGregor is constantly rocking back and forth on his toes while he waits to be allowed to enter the arena.
He’s also unable to stand still while getting taped.
Check out the video below.
“That's by far the most nervous I've ever seen him. Wow,” YouTube user DaveKraft400 noted.
“My guy looked nervous :/,” Rhys Carter added.
Liam Doherty noticed that “even in the locker room, he seemed very anxious and quiet.”
It makes sense for McGregor to have been anxious.
He hadn’t fought in UFC in two years and was going up against a fighter in Nurmagomedov who held an unbeaten record.
Nerves were to be expected.
Did they affect his performance? It's tough to say - Nurmagomedov simply looked like the better fighter.News Now - Sport News