The result is in for UFC 229, and Khabib Nurmagomedov has defeated Conor McGregor by submission in the fourth round.
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.
Khabib screamed in McGregor’s face after the referee called the match and jumped outside of the Octagon, attacking a man who appeared to be a member of McGregor’s team.
Back inside the Octagon, a member of Khabib’s crew reportedly punched McGregor, who answered back in kind as security swarmed the entire area.
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.
— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) October 7, 2018
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 7, 2018
McGregor entered the fight with a 21-3 record and hadn’t stepped inside a UFC Octagon since November 2016 at UFC 205, where he initially won the UFC Lightweight Championship by defeating Eddie Alvarez.
He then took a hiatus from mixed martial arts to promote and compete in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, which he lost. By April the UFC had no choice but to strip McGregor of both the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Championships due to inactivity, allowing Nurmagomedov to capture the title at UFC 223.
UFC 229 fight card, recap
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor — lightweight title
- Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis via second-round TKO (stoppage, broken hand)
- Dominick Reyes def. Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision (30-27, x 3)
- Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov via third-round TKO
- Michelle Waterson def. Felice Herrig via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)
- Jussier Formiga def. Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
- Vincente Luque def. Jalin Turner via first-round TKO (punches)
- Aspen Ladd def. Tonya Evinger via first-round TKO (punches)
- Scott Holtzman def. Alan Patrick via third-round TKO (elbows)