World heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson has pushed lightweight Ultimate Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to accept Conor McGregor’s rematch challenge. Tyson called the duel economically profitable, and Khabib would not lose against McGregor.
McGregor was curious to fight again after the first duel was defeated by Khabib with a submission in the fourth round at T-Mobile, Las Vegas, USA, on October 6, 2018. McGregor several times called Khabib to a rematch, while Khabib and his camp coldly responded to the Irish fighter’s challenge.
However, Tyson instead advised Khabib to reconsider because he did not need to be afraid of facing McGregor. “Khabib defeated him (McGregor), right? They still want the fight to occur! People still want to see McGregor against Khabib,” Tyson told Mirror.
“He will not defeat Khabib. He will never defeat Khabib. But people will still pay to see him against Khabib.”
“Khabib will get more money by defeating this person, who he knows he can defeat than he has ever gotten in competitive battles against fighters who can defeat him.”
“So why not fight him 10 times? People will still pay to see him fight 10 times, see him lose 10 times. Now that’s marketing, millions, billions. He’s a genius, you can’t take it.”
While Khabib in an interview said he could not help thinking McGregor wanted to fight again because it had been battered by him.
“To be honest, I don’t think he wants that fight,” he said. “How could that be? I beat him for four rounds. I hit him and strangled him and he gave up.”
“That is a sign he does not want to be there, as if ‘let me go’. And now he wants a rematch.”