Given how the first fight ended at UFC 229 in October, the magnitude of the rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor is expected to go through the roof. American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez, for one, recognizes the attention it would generate, which in turn, would benefit his fighter.
“I look at this as more of a prizefight than I do sport. I want the biggest prizefight and the biggest prizefight hands down is, there’s no comparison, it’s Conor,” Mendez said on the “Off the Brawl MMA” show (transcript via MMA Fighting). “Obviously, I want a rematch, because that’s what it is, the biggest prizefight, right? Because of what happened the last time there’s more interest on the second one, there’s a rematch to be had. For me, I would rather have that.”
“There is nobody in MMA that can bring that kind of money that Khabib and Conor can in the rematch,” he added. “That’s the reason I would want that, but Khabib may want a different thing, Khabib may want Tony [Ferguson]. It’s hard to say because Jan. 29th hasn’t happened.
“We don’t know what [NAC] are going to do, how long they’ll be suspended, how much money…but from my point of view I would want the rematch for the prizefight. It’s bigger, it’s three or four times as much.”
Given how massive the rematch could turn out to be, Mendez suggested one of the biggest and most iconic stadiums for a possible venue.
“We don’t know with Conor, he’s so rich with his Proper 12. I hear it’s doing fantastic. He’s got a great image, bro. He appears to be a helluva businessman,” Mendez said. “Now’s the time to strike while the iron is hot, I say Cowboys Stadium. That would do the pay-per-view numbers; that would do everything. I think now is the time to consider doing something like that.
“It would be the right place for a stadium show. Vegas would be the right place if they built the Raiders stadium in time, but that won’t be built in time.”
Meanwhile, one of the marquee names in the roster had something to say about this idea.
Fuckn bully’s ..— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 17, 2019
UFC president Dana White had always wanted a fight card at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, which holds a seating capacity of 100,000. Last October after UFC 229, McGregor himself paid Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a visit to rekindle the idea of holding an event at the said arena.