- Khabib Nurmagomedov just defeated Conor McGregor with ease.
- McGregor tapped when Khabib Nurmagomedov applied a tight neck crank in the fourth round of a highly-entertaining UFC 229 main event.
- But the UFC’s biggest fight in history was marred when Nurmagomedov jumped out the cage and nearly incited a riot when he seemingly charged at McGregor’s friend Dillon Danis.
- Read all of Business Insider’s UFC 229 coverage here.
Conor McGregor just lost.
The Irishman, who was returning to UFC after a two-year absence, tapped when Khabib Nurmagomedov applied a tight neck crank in the fourth round of a highly-entertaining UFC 229 main event.
But Nurmagomedov spoiled the victory when, instead of celebrating, he jumped over the fence of the octagon and nearly incited a riot, when he seemingly looked to attack McGregor’s cageside friend Dillon Danis, according to ESPN journalist Chamatkar Sandhu.
Here’s how it all went down…
The main event took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6.
McGregor, who performed his billionaire’s strut before the opening bell, amid Irish-green lighting and atmospheric fog, was in the UFC octagon first, before the reigning and defending UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov.
— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018
As soon as Nurmagomedov was within the confines of the 750-square-foot cage, security continually blocked McGregor from pacing further than the centre of the Octagon, so the Irishman could not instigate any bad blood before it was time to trade blows.
The fighters, who refused to touch gloves, got to settle their rivalry – one that has included an attack on a bus, an arrest by the New York police department, and an instruction to attend anger management classes – at approximately 9.40 p.m., in front of 20,000 raucous fans in Nevada.
McGregor was the first to throw a significant shot, a head-high kick, but within a minute Nurmagomedov had the fight where he wanted it – the mat, as he wrapped his legs around McGregor’s and asserted a dominant position, much to the crowd’s chagrin who booed, loudly.
Though McGregor took little damage in the opening round, it was a round won by the Russian, who was in complete control on the ground.
In the second round, Nurmagomedov started where he left off, rocking McGregor with a powerful right hand to the jaw, before lifting him off the ground and taking him back to the mat, wrestling McGregor against the fence.
When Nurmagomedov had McGregor on the floor, he sent hammer fists into the 30-year-old’s face … his nose, his chin … and even trash-talked McGregor while he was down there. The ground-and-pound increased in violence, and all McGregor could do was defend, badly.
With 90 seconds left on the clock, Nurmagomedov, using all his strength, began to apply locks and holds, but McGregor – looking exhausted – was miraculously able to get back to his feet before the end of the round.
It was to his credit that McGregor was able to survive the round, and even had some success in the third stanza as a striking fight broke out when both fighters exchanged punches on their feet. Nurmagomedov attempted takedowns, but McGregor was able to defend, this time cleverly, showing there was fight in the old dog yet.
First round of the night for McGregor? #UFC229
— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018
While the third may have been McGregor’s first successful round in the bank, he failed to take the momentum into the fourth, where Nurmagomedov was able to take McGregor back to the mat, rain punches down to his face, and force the Irishman to tap with a tight neck crank.
McGregor lost the war. It was one-sided, as Nurmagomedov won decisively.
The unbeaten beast extended his undefeated record to 27 wins from 27 fights, and undoubtedly just added the biggest scalp of his career by submitting McGregor with ease.
However, for Nurmagomedov, the fight did not end there. He mounted the fence in a flash, left the cage completely, and seemingly charged at McGregor’s friend and fellow fighter Dillon Danis. It was an act that could have started a riot, as pandemonium ensued cage-side, and even in the cage itself – acts that attracted wide condemnation from those in the industry.
Here’s a fan’s view of the scenes that unfolded at the end of the fight:
“He’s going to get fined,” UFC commentator Joe Rogan said during the broadcast, before adding he may also get suspended.
Back in the cage, UFC boss Dana White refused to give Nurmagomedov his championship title. Nurmagomedov then had missiles thrown at him from an angry crowd, as he was seen leaving the arena surrounded by security and police.
On Nurmagomedov’s victory, former UFC middleweight world champion Michael Bisping told Fox Sport 1’s post-fight show that the win “was revenge, that was all he had to do but then he ruins it on an epic scale. He possibly faces criminal charges, his Visa revoked, his licence.”
Bisping added: “He might get kicked out the country. I’m an Englishman with a green card, you can’t mess around. You can’t dive over the cage and assault people. Visas aren’t given to criminals.”
Rogan concluded: “It’s a black eye on the sport.”