MMA: Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor but UFC 229 ends in chaos as camps clash after fight ~ The Best Football Player

MMA: Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor but UFC 229 ends in chaos as camps clash after fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor
Conor Mcgregor (centre) being escorted out of the octagon after his defeat at the UFC lightweight championship bout, on Oct 6, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

LAS VEGAS (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) - An incredible victory by Khabib Nurmagomedov over mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor was marred by chaotic scenes after the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contest on Saturday (Oct 6) night.


The Russian retained his belt at UFC 229 after he forced the controversial Irishman to tap out in the fourth round, but the drama that ensued - with both camps clashing in and out of the Octagon - is set to dominate headlines for days to come.

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor
Conor Mcgregor (centre) being escorted out of the octagon after his defeat at the UFC lightweight championship bout, on Oct 6, 2018.PHOTO: AFP
The mass brawl saw a red-shirted fan landing several blows on McGregor before security intervened.

Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage before leaping feet first at McGregor's teammate and cornerman Dillon Danis, and three of the Russian's team were arrested and later released on a black night for a sport that has struggled to win mainstream acceptance for 25 years.

"I saw one of Conor's guys yelling at Khabib, Khabib ran and jumped over the octagon, went after him. Two of Khabib's guys got into the octagon, one guy hit Conor with some shots form behind, and that's it," UFC boss Dana White told a media conference.

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor
Conor Mcgregor (centre) being escorted out of the octagon after his defeat at the UFC lightweight championship bout, on Oct 6, 2018.PHOTO: AFP
"The Nevada State Athletic Commission pulled the footage from us, there's an investigation going on. They are withholding Khabib's purse, they are not withholding Conor's.

"The way that works is Conor is one of the guys who was attacked. Conor refused to press charges. There were three guys from Khabib's team arrested, and they were released because Conor didn't want to press charges."

After a lengthy delay, Nurmagomedov eventually addressed a media conference at the T-Mobile Arena. "First of all I want to say sorry to athletic commission Nevada, to Vegas, I know this is not my best side. This is not my best side," he said.

He went on to complain bitterly about McGregor's behaviour in the lead-up to the fight that exacerbated the bad blood between the two teams.
"He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus, he almost killed a couple people - what about this?" he asked reporters.

The 30-year-old from Dagestan - a Russian republic in the North Caucasus - had dominated the fight, taking McGregor down early and smothering the Irishman with his wrestling skills. Behind on the judge's scorecards, the Irishman was left with no choice but to throw a succession of punches in the third round... read more Straitstimes

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