Khabib Nurmagomedov has retained the UFC lightweight championship after forcing Conor McGregor to tap out in the fourth round of UFC 229, but headlines will be made instead by what happened after the fight.
Just seconds after his victory Nurmagomedov leapt out of the Octagon and into the crowd to attack fans in McGregor’s corner, while those in Nurmagomedov’s corner climbed into the Octagon to attack the defeated McGregor.
A fan wearing a red shirt managed to land several blows on McGregor, attacking him from behind, before security was able to take control of the situation.
It’s since been confirmed that the three men who attacked McGregor following the fight have been arrested.
Nurmagomedov was showered with boos as he exited the arena, and was not called up for a customary post-fight interview. It remains to be seen what punishment will be handed down, but surely it must be significant.
The fight was always likely to fall Nurmagomedov’s way after McGregor failed to secure an early victory, and a dominant effort from ‘The Eagle’ in the second round made it feel like it was only a matter of time.
The end came in brutal fashion – as the seconds ticked down in the fourth round, Nurmagomedov managed to lock McGregor into a rear naked choke hold, and after struggling in vain to break free McGregor reluctantly tapped out.
The result means Nurmagomedov retains his crown as the UFC’s lightweight champion, while McGregor – after suffering just his second loss in the UFC – will have to ponder his next career move wisely.
More to come.