UFC 229 results, Khabib vs. McGregor highlights: All hell breaks loose after Nurmagomedov wins
LAS VEGAS -- With the location intact, Khabib Nurmagomedov attempted to settle his grudge war with Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on Saturday and did everything he said he would in the lead-up. Nurmagomedov (27-0) relied on his superior grappling skills to maul the former champion on the ground and defend his UFC lightweight title via fourth-round submission at T-Mobile Arena in the biggest fight in UFC history.
That's when all hell broke loose.
Chaos ensued inside the Octagon immediately after McGregor tapped out via rear-naked choke in Round 4 as members of both teams began to fight with Khabib's team appearing to start the insanity. The melee quickly spilled out into the ringside area as police restrained a number of fans who jumped the barricade. Nurmagomedov got into a shouting match with UFC president Dana White during the altercation inside the cage. After order was relatively restored and McGregor was escorted to the locker room, UFC chose to skip Nurmagomedov's traditional post-fight interview in order to play it safe.
"If I put this belt on you, everybody's going to start throwing shit into the Octagon," White told Nurmagomedov.
The post-fight scene was one of the ugliest in UFC's history. After emerging victorious, Nurmagomedov was in no rush to simply leave the beef in the cage. He stood over the fallen McGregor, shouted some words in his direction and appeared to even spit on him as he was recovering. The champion then turned his attention to the cage-side area, specifically McGregor friend and Bellator MMA fighter, Dillon Danis. Nurmagomedov scaled the Octagon cage and leaped in the direction of Danis and numerous others.
What's more, as the melee was taking place on the outside, matters were made worse back inside the cage. Three members of Nurmagomedov's team attacked McGregor, sending the entire T-Mobile Arena into a frenzy the likes of which mixed martial arts has never seen before. Arrests were made, spectators were escorted from the building and one of the biggest nights in combat sports history was left with quite possibly the biggest black eye it's ever been dealt.
The dislike between the two camps escalated on April 5, just two days after Nurmagomedov slapped McGregor teammate Artem Lobov for comments he made about the Russian fighter on social media. McGregor, who ended a nearly two-year layoff on Saturday, showed up unannounced at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York, and attacked a bus filled with UFC fighters including Nurmagomedov.