After weeks of bad blood in the build-up to UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s rivalry came to a head on Saturday night…. and then again just after the result.
Following a dominant performance that even shockingly saw the champion drop McGregor on the feet, Nurmagomedov routinely held top position against his challenger on the mat before securing a fourth-round rear-naked choke.
With Khabib making true on his words that he would make the Irishman tap, Nurmagomedov threw his mouthpiece towards McGregor’s corner before scaling the cage and looking to fight Dillon Danis.
With the outside of the cage resembling a mosh pit, the inside of the Octagon quickly dissolved into a similar scene as McGregor struck out against a member of Khabib’s team on the cage before another struck the former two-weight champion from behind.
Fortunately with a few days removed the incident, no one was seriously hurt or injured and there shouldn’t be any major repercussions for Nurmagomedov himself. Unfortunately though, the scuffle has taken a lot of the talk away from what was a very good night of fights for the UFC.
In the co-main event, Tony Ferguson’s remarkable return from injury was punctuated with a brilliant win over Anthony Pettis. Ferguson and Pettis battled it out with a relentless pace before Duke Roufus, Pettis’ head coach, brought an end to the bout in between the second and third round.
Elsewhere there were big wins for the likes of Derrick Lewis, Dominick Reyes and Michelle Waterson while the undercard offerings brought a ton of exciting stoppages.
With what could transpire to be the UFC’s biggest ever event in the books, here are five fights that the promotion should make with UFC 229’s big winners: