LAS VEGAS — A brilliantly contested light-weight title battle between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor was immediately marred by an unsightly incident inside and out of doors of the Octagon on Saturday evening at T-Cell Area.
Nurmagomedov (27-Zero) defended his 155-pound championship by submitting McGregor (21-Four) at three:03 of the fourth spherical by way of rear-naked choke. Instantly after the bout, Nurmagomedov jumped over the Octagon and received concerned in a brief brawl with members of McGregor’s nook.
Earlier than UFC 229’s predominant occasion between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, a large number of undercard fights had main implications.
Moments later, an unidentified man jumped into the Octagon and commenced throwing punches at McGregor, who was nonetheless recovering from the competition. The occasions made a mockery of what was in any other case a hard-fought, back-and-forth championship battle on the highest degree.
Nurmagomedov, of Dagestan, tried to take McGregor down within the opening minute of the battle. He managed to get him to a seated place on the ground, however McGregor did nicely stalling him there and landed a number of elbows to the facet of his head as they jostled for place.
In a stunning second, Nurmagomedov briefly dropped McGregor with a proper hand early within the second spherical. As McGregor scrambled to get again to his ft, Nurmagomedov launched right into a flying knee try after which used the chance to take him down. Nurmagomedov spent nearly all of the spherical in high place, working floor and pound and searching for a kimura.
McGregor, of Dublin, stuffed Nurmagomedov’s early makes an attempt to get it to the bottom within the third, and went to work together with his offense. He scored good knees and punches to the physique after a stuffed try, and popped Nurmagomedov’s head again with an uppercut.
Coming into the fourth spherical, McGregor was bleeding from a small reduce close to his left eye. He seemed drained, and Nurmagomedov executed an outdoor journey to get him to the ground. From there, it was a well-recognized sight, as Nurmagomedov did what he has executed so usually: handed guard, moved into facet mount and finally received the choke.
The battle was the end result of a rivalry that has been brewing for a number of years. It hit a boiling level in April when McGregor attacked a bus Nurmagomedov was using in at Barclays Middle. Each males mentioned they might not respect one another after the battle, whatever the final result.
It was McGregor’s first bout since he gained the light-weight championship in November 2016. He fought Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match in August 2017, and the UFC stripped him of his belt for inactivity in April.