Khabib Nurmagomedov Beats Conor McGregor, Brawl Ensues
Khabib Nurmagomedov was triumphant over Conor McGregor in their UFC match over the weekend. However, the main fight is not the main talking point, but rather, what happened after the fight. Following the end of the fight, a brawl broke out in what has to be one of the most bizarre events in sports.
Nurmagomedov Match Favorite, Doesn’t Disappoint Bookies
Nurmagomedov was the favorite to win the match, with McGregor, the definite underdog. The Irishman hadn’t participated in a UFC fight since 2016, focusing instead on his 2017 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Nurmagomedov was defending his lightweight title belt, and his win means that he has protected his perfect 27-0 record. The lightweight title fight was a great spectacle but was marred by the events that happened afterwards.
Nurmagomedov won the fight in the fourth round. McGregor tapped out after Nurmagomedov got him in a near-naked choke. McGregor was very much the underdog in the fight. Had he been victorious, a $100 bet would have won $160. A $100 bet on the Russian earned around $55 profit. There has been an ongoing feud between these two fighters for some time now, and it boiled over following the end of the fight.
Nurmagomedov Could Be Suspended, Stripped of Title Belt
Moments after Nurmagomedov had won the match, he jumped over the octagon and proceeded to get into a fight with someone in the crowd. This person turned out to be Dillion Danis, a Bellator Welterweight and McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach. It didn’t end there though, as three members of his entourage then jumped into the ring and threw punches at McGregor, who was still recovering from the fight. It was reported that McGregor was struck twice in the back of the head before security restrained the attackers. The three men were arrested, but released later after McGregor said he would not press charges.
The consequences of the aftermath are still unclear at this point. Nurmagomedov could be suspended and stripped of his title. In addition to this, the Nevada State Athletic Commission is investigating the brawl and is withholding his paycheck from the fight. McGregor has been paid after the commission determined he had done nothing to warrant his pay being withheld.