Is this the end of Conor McGregor? The Irishman is clearly pondering his next move after his humbling defeat to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at the volatile UFC 229.
The consequences of Khabib's post-brawl action, are sure to be considerable, and will certainly land him in hot water. Graciously, McGregor has already dropped charges against those involved. But the Nevada State Athletic Commission could still come down hard on the Russian. He is yet receive any of his fight purse and could be stripped of the title. In a statement about the post fight brawl, UFC president Dana White hinted at "four to six month suspension" for the champion.
So what next for Conor? Let's take a look.
Financially he is sitting pretty. The Irishman has already talked up a rematch immediately after the defeat, it is clear McGregor isn't ready to walk away just yet but it at least should be one of the options on the table. He is financially set for life after backing up his nine-figure payday with another lucrative pay cheque to take on Nurmagomedov. He is a much wealthier man even in defeat.
Stay healthy and rich by retiring from one of the most dangerous events the world has ever seen? Why should he risk his long-term health in a sport that can cause irreversible damage?
One reason - and he kept alluding to it all last week - he loves the fight game, meaning it is highly unlikely that we have seen McGregor in some form of combat sport.
Well, he's keen to carry on it seems and wants another crack at Khabib.
“Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch," he tweeted in the immediate aftermath on Sunday morning before claiming to have "won the battle" on Monday. But he clearly lost the four round battle-dreadfully.
It could happen. A post-fight melee instigated by Nurmagomedov may preclude an immediate rematch if the Nevada State Athletic Commission decides to come down hard on the lightweight champion.