Conor McGregor was beaten comprehensively by Khabib Nurmagomedov on his return to the octagon via a choke hold submission.
The Crumlin native said “Home sweet home” while walking out into the ring as he returned to the UFC in Las Vegas after his adventures into boxing world saw defeat to Floyd Mayweather.
As McGregor started trying to knock the wind out of Khabib with kicks to the body, Nurmagomedov got down to his own game, taking McGregor to the mat and trying to get him into a submissive lock. Although McGregor did well, for the most part, to deny Khabib any meaningful lock, Khabib took the round convincingly.
The second round, the Russian actually knocked McGregor over and again went for his grappling game. Conor was struggling and it seemed like it wouldn’t be long until Khabib retained his belt.
McGregor held out for another round and in fact won the third round of the fight 10-9, which is the first round that Khabib has ever lost in his UFC career. However, he didn’t let that get to him as in the fourth round, Khabib did finally manage to get the Irishman in a lock and Conor tapped out.
The fight will, however, be overshadowed for the post-fight scenes that saw Khabib jump the fence and started attacking members of McGregor’s team, while two of Khabib’s men simultaneously jumped McGregor.
In the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said that this is what happens in the fight business. “people have been saying mean things (about McGregor’s pre-fight trash talk) for 18 years and nothing like this has happened”.
While Khabib has defended his actions saying “He talked about my religion, my country, my family, so why is me, jumping the fence, being talked about?”
Khabib is still yet to be paid by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after his post-fight antics and it is still to be seen if the UFC will sanction the Russian too.