Khabib Nurmagomedov taps out Conor McGregor then provokes melee in audience
The unbeaten Russian defended his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor, then climbed into the crowd to brawl with the Irishmans team
Khabib Nurmagomedov finally exercised the neck crank, and almost immediately Conor McGregor’s right hand impressed his left shoulder in succession, a signal of submission, and the proverbial flag of truce in a campaign of attrition.
It was the shining moment of the Russian’s career. But then, in an routine of spontaneous folly, the moment was ruined.
Nurmagomedov apparently wasn’t satisfied to simply substantiate he was the superior soldier in the octagon on Saturday night at UFC 229. No, for Khabib, the fourth-round finish that should have been the consummation of months of vitriolic barbs between both cliques wasn’t enough to conclude the feud.
The unbeaten lightweight endorse held Thursday that he wouldn’t shake McGregor’s mitts even after the fight. The terms clearly weren’t your usual pre-fight fare meant to sell tickets. Khabib took it all to heart. The insults about his Muslim faith; the jokes about Dagestan; the litter talk aimed at his father, Abdulmanap.
In a wild, surreal panorama at T-Mobile Arena, Nurmagomedov lunged himself over the upper part of the cage, across public officials’ counter and onto the floor, all in order to exchange punches with Dillion Danis, the Irishman’s jiu-jitsu coach. Soon after, the ugly fracas spilled inside the confines of the octagon.