Khabib Nurmagomedov has praised rival Conor McGregor following a dramatic clash at UFC 229 last month, which sold a record-setting 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, MMA Mania report.
The Russian dominated the Irishman in Las Vegas, eventually causing a fourth-round stoppage, however, it was Nurmagomedov’s actions after the bout which was talked about most.
The undefeated lightweight jumped the Octagon and attacked McGregor’s team, with Nurmagomedov’s team jumping in the Octagon to attack McGregor from behind.
Even though the pair are still huge rivals, Nurmagomedov was quick to praise the ‘Notorious’ after record figures were announced recently.
With millions of followers across social media, McGregor’s constant posts ahead of the bout helped sell the fight, something which Nurmagomedov has now recognised.
Talking to RT Sport, the Russian said:
You know, you should give credit to Conor.
He is very popular. Was I as popular before the fight? I don’t think so. But if you compare us as athletes, I proved that I am better. But as a star he is much brighter than me. I don’t know how much now, but before the fight, definitely.
The pair are still awaiting their respective punishments following the fight, however, a rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor look slim, with the Russian hoping to take on the former lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson.