Khabib Nurmagomedov Taps Out Conor McGregor at UFC 229; Mayhem Ensues
The biggest mixed martial arts event in history became the scene of the annual purge at T-Mobile Arena in Sin City on Saturday, October 6.
Not only did the reigning and undefeated Russian UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov give the “Notorious” Conor McGregor a taste of his own medicine in the Octagon at UFC 229 – but also outside the boxing ring as well.
The moment the grudge war between these two elite fighters sprung into wild action, it only took “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov 30 seconds to shoot for the first time, an awkward single leg. Despite the trash talking McGregor defending well and delaying for a long time, Nurmagomedov started to pick up the pace by working towards his favorite leg triangle and started to pound heavy shots at McGregor. The only thing the Irishman could do was try to counter by wall-walking and stalling for as long as possible.
Nothing was going right for McGregor.
As the second round began, Nurmagomedov wasted no time landing a massive overhand that planted McGregor on the mat. Shortly after that, he landed a takedown along the fence. As for McGregor, all he can do was lie helplessly on the ground and hope to turn the momentum around.
And McGregor sure had plenty of fight left in him while he was deep in the hole.
In the opening of the third round, McGregor targeted the body with both crosses and kicks. On top of that, he also managed to deny the takedown for the first time, but Nurmagomedov responded by dealing some hard blows and pushing him into the fence. A few seconds later, McGregor denied another takedown and then both fighters went back to trading shots on the feet. Arguably so, this was the best fight that McGregor put up against Nurmagomedov with “The Eagle” only scoring a brief takedown. But as you know, McGregor wasn’t going to let go without giving up a long-lasting fight.
The fourth round started with the Irishman landing some snap kicks to the mid-section, keeping his distance. But then all of a sudden, Nurmagomedov was able to drive McGregor into the fence and secure another takedown along the fence. As McGregor was trying to break loose and escape from Nurmagomedov, it allowed “The Eagle” to advance into back mount. It wasn’t long after that until Nurmagomedov would claim victory at the UFC 229 Fight and crank his way into submission.
But wait… there was more.
As soon as McGregor tapped out via rear-naked choke in the fourth round, members of both teams began to fight with Khabib’s team inside the Octagon before the melee spilled out into the ringside area. Then, the most unexpected thing happened when Nurmagomedov was seen shouting at UFC president Dana White during the altercation inside the cage while a number of fans jumped the barricade. Following the altercation, arrests were made and spectators were escorted out of the arena. Afterward, announcer Bruce Buffer read out the official fight result without either headliner present.
McGregor would not make himself available to the media but took to Twitter to send a strong message to Nurmagomedov.
So what’s next for the UFC champion Khabib?
Well, he will now likely face criminal charges for his inappropriate behavior, with at least one member of his team appearing to the exit T-Mobile arena in handcuffs.
But worse than that, president Dana White admitted that Khabib could be stripped of the UFC lightweight title that he won. It’s uncertain when another rematch between Khabib and McGregor will take place or if it will even take place.
At the moment, it is unclear who Conor McGregor (21-4-0) fights next as well as for the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0-0).