With the brutal and captivating rise of MMA, it appears that the best way to get noticed amongst a pool of fighters is to make a big callout through media. After all, the concept of "selling a fight" is becoming more necessary than a challenger’s credentials. Speaking of which, it seems that anyone can come out and claim to compete in the cage. This has only resulted in some of the most outrageous callouts in the history of combat sports. The most recent callout comes from a Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe. He is an internet phenomenon who is popularly known as the Salt Bae. The 36-year old rose to popularity after a video on his restaurant's Twitter account went viral and he currently owns a chain of grill houses all over the world.
Salt Bae, who is globally recognized for his meat-cutting and salt-drizzling skills, now feels ready for the next chapter of his life. He wants to take over the world of mixed martial arts! In a recent interview with RT News, Salt Bae invited Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov to a fight.
While the callout may be intriguing to all the Salt Bae fans out there, it is unlikely for the fight to happen. This is because of the long list of contenders looking to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Secondly, Salt Bae has no background in the sport and it may lead to controversies if the fight happened for real.
Conor McGregor is currently preparing for a comeback against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 18, 2020. The bout will mark McGregor's first fight in the octagon since he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov over a year ago. As for Khabib, his next fight against lightweight contender Tony Ferguson has been recently made official. The two will finally square off on April 18, next year.