Makhachev Revisits & Explains Khabib’s UFC 229 Post-Fight Meltdown

UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev has looked back on the post-fight brawl between his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s corner at UFC 229.

The 2018 pay-per-view certainly delivered on the bad blood between McGregor and …

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UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev has looked back on the post-fight brawl between his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s corner at UFC 229.

The 2018 pay-per-view certainly delivered on the bad blood between McGregor and Khabib. Unfortunately, it did so more than we could ever have imagined or desired. What started as one of the most anticipated headliners in MMA history, quickly deteriorated into its biggest blemish, an out-of-control brawl inside and outside the Octagon.

In front of a sold-out crowd in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena, “The Eagle” defended his UFC Lightweight title for the first time. He did so by way of a fourth-round neck crank submission. However, McGregor’s pre-fight trash talk had gotten out of hand, with the Irishman constantly attacking the Dagestani’s family, religion, and country. With that in mind, the action unsurprisingly didn’t end once the fight was stopped.

Makhachev Says Khabib Was “Pushed To The Limit”

While Khabib jumped the cage to attack McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, members of the champion’s team scampered around the cage to get involved, with some even entering it to get their hands on McGregor. Along with Zubaira Tukhugov and Asadulla Emirgaev, current top-five UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev was one of the individuals involved in the skirmish.

Now, speaking at the UFC 267 post-fight press conference, the 30-year-old has revisited the incident. Discussing what made Khabib react the way he did after defeating his bitter rival, Makhachev suggested McGregor crossed the line prior to the fight. With the constant verbal attack on close areas of his life, Makhachev believes the former UFC lightweight champion was simply overwhelmed with emotion.

“There is a limit to everything. If somebody crosses that line, you can’t control yourself anymore. In that moment, he was pushed to the limit, he was overwhelmed by emotions and suddenly saw the man talking all that crap, and… He just could not hold himself. Anybody, not just me or Khabib. The thing is, we are not faking stuff or trash talking. We do not play games. If we seem to not like somebody, we do not like him for real.” (h/t Sportskeeda)

Despite Dana White’s threats to suspend and remove those involved from the roster, Khabib’s promise to walk away from the UFC should that happen kept his teammates in the promotion. Now over three years later, both Makhachev and Tukhugov were successful at UFC 267 last month.

Do you agree with Islam Makhachev? Did Conor McGregor cross the line with his pre-fight trash talk?

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[ARCHIVES] McGregor Breaks Down Khabib Loss Round By Round

[MMA NEWS ARCHIVES] Two years ago, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor took part in the most successful UFC event of all time, UFC 229. The build-up was contentious, and the outcome was decisive. Here is a story of how Conor McGregor reacted to his loss to Khabib two weeks later. The following article is presented […]

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Two years ago, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor took part in the most successful UFC event of all time, UFC 229. The build-up was contentious, and the outcome was decisive. Here is a story of how Conor McGregor reacted to his loss to Khabib two weeks later. The following article is presented to you in its original, unaltered form, courtesy of the MMA News archives.

[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 23, 2018, 8:55 AM] 

Conor McGregor has suffered his second defeat inside the UFC Octagon. “The Notorious” made his highly-anticipated return to the cage earlier this month (Sat. October 6, 2018). He challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title he once held. However, “The Eagle” submitted the Irishman via fourth-round submission.

After the fight, McGregor has declared his desires for an immediate rematch. Given how dominant Khabib’s performance was, however, it’s hard to argue a rematch is needed. McGregor hasn’t offered an elaborate statement on the loss since the fight, but that all changed last night. “Mystic Mac” took to Instagram last night and offered a lengthy round-by-round breakdown of the contest.

McGregor Breaks Down Khabib Loss

Here’s what McGregor had to say:

“Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios.

“Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue.

“Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons.

“Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault.

“Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square.

“What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all”

What do you think about McGregor’s breakdown of his loss to Khabib?

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Khabib Reveals UFC 229 Meltdown Due To Disappointment In McGregor

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed why he chose to attack Conor McGregor’s corner in the aftermath of the UFC 229 headliner. In the highest-selling UFC pay-per-view of all time, Khabib dominated his arch-rival in the…

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed why he chose to attack Conor McGregor’s corner in the aftermath of the UFC 229 headliner. In the highest-selling UFC pay-per-view of all time, Khabib dominated his arch-rival in the main event, before sparking an unforgettable post-fight brawl. After forcing the division’s former champion to tap just […]

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New Footage Emerges Of Conor McGregor Hitting Khabib’s Teammate (Video)

Conor McGregorBack at UFC 229, a huge brawl erupted between the teams of Conor McGregor and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. It happened just seconds after Nurmagomedov submitted the Irishman in the fourth round of their pay-per-view (PPV) headliner, successfully retaining his 155-pound championship for the first time. Afterward, Nurmagomedov alleges that McGregor cornerman, Dillon Danis, […]

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Back at UFC 229, a huge brawl erupted between the teams of Conor McGregor and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

It happened just seconds after Nurmagomedov submitted the Irishman in the fourth round of their pay-per-view (PPV) headliner, successfully retaining his 155-pound championship for the first time. Afterward, Nurmagomedov alleges that McGregor cornerman, Dillon Danis, yelled a racial slur at him, prompting the champion to jump the Octagon and attack the jiu-jitsu ace.

While Nurmagomedov chased down Danis, a pair of “The Eagle’s” teammates jumped into the Octagon and attacked McGregor. Although McGregor was hit, he did manage to nail Zubaira Tukhugov with a left hand. Now, new footage has emerged of McGregor connecting on the left hand against Tukhugov. The shot appears to knock Tukhugov off balance a bit.

Check out the new footage here:

McGregor recently returned to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition for the first time since this fight. He headlined the UFC 246 PPV last month against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at welterweight, who he finished in just 40 seconds. As for Nurmagomedov, he retained his title with a submission win over Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi last year. “The Eagle” now prepares for another title defense, this time in the UFC 249 PPV main event against Tony Ferguson.

The action goes down on April 18 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be interesting to see who McGregor fights upon his return to action.

What do you think of the new footage of McGregor hitting Nurmagomedov’s teammate? Who are you picking in a McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov rematch?

Conor McGregor Admits To Drinking, Full-On Fights Before Khabib Contest

It’s no secret that Conor McGregor wants to run things back with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov down the line. The pair first fought in October of 2018 when Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor in the fourth round of their UFC 229 main event meeting in Las Vegas. It remains the last fight McGregor competed in, until […]

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It’s no secret that Conor McGregor wants to run things back with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov down the line.

The pair first fought in October of 2018 when Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor in the fourth round of their UFC 229 main event meeting in Las Vegas. It remains the last fight McGregor competed in, until this weekend (Sat. January 18, 2020) when he returns to take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at welterweight.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani of ESPN in a lengthy sit-down interview, McGregor opened up about his poor preparation for the fight with Nurmagomedov. First off, the Irishman admits to drinking just days before being locked in the Octagon with, arguably, the most dominant champion the UFC has ever seen. (H/T MMA Fighting)

“A couple months ago, three, four months ago,” McGregor said. “I was drinking on bleeding fight week with the last one.”

McGregor also admits to flying in opponents from all over the world, bringing them to his gym, having a full-on fight with no headgear, winning, and going out to celebrate, not returning to the gym for several days.

“I had this venom in me or something,” McGregor said. “I don’t know why. I had people holed up in a hotel from that part of the world. I would ring [them] and arrange a fight. So they’d come from the hotel down to the gym and have a full-blown fight, no head guard. A fight. I’d win.

“We’d have a war and I’d win, knock the guy out and then I’d go off and celebrate, and then I’d come back in three days.”

Now, those dark days seem to be behind McGregor, who is in a much more structured environment than he previously was and is looking to make a statement against Cerrone this weekend.

“I’m not going back there,” McGregor said. “I’m in a great spot now. That’s it. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve been man enough to admit them and correct them, and that’s what I’ve done. I might not be perfect, but with a good sleep and a full belly, I’m damn close.”

What do you think about McGregor’s handling of his preparation for his bout with Khabib?

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Dillon Danis Says Khabib ‘Didn’t Touch Me At All’ During UFC 229 Brawl

Back at UFC 229 in October of 2018, a massive brawl ensued after the conclusion of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor. After submitting McGregor in the fourth round to retain his lightweight title, Nurmagomedov jumped the Octagon to attack McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis, who Khabib alleges yelled a racial slur at him. All parties involved […]

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Back at UFC 229 in October of 2018, a massive brawl ensued after the conclusion of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor.

After submitting McGregor in the fourth round to retain his lightweight title, Nurmagomedov jumped the Octagon to attack McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis, who Khabib alleges yelled a racial slur at him. All parties involved were punished accordingly, but in regards to the brawl, Danis tells “The Schmo” Khabib didn’t connect on him at all. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“No, he didn’t connect,” Danis said. “You know what’s funny, when he jumped over the thing, and he had his feet and his arms up, so like, he didn’t really know what he was going to hit me with. So I was like, am I going to get kicked right now or punched? I kind of just blocked then I hit him with a right hand, and then I remember him coming forward, and I was uppercutting him, and then he was just trying to run away, and I was trying to grab his head. 

“It was just a whole mayhem and then everybody was getting punched, and cops were going all over the place, and … he didn’t touch me at all. I remember hitting him with a good amount of shots, and then I just remember him trying to pull away and run away from me, and I was trying to cup his head and uppercut him. But it was mayhem. Everything happened so fast.”

Nurmagomedov will make his return to the Octagon when he puts his 155-pound title up for grabs against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in April. As for Danis, he’ll take on Kegan Gennrich at Bellator 238 on January 25 for this third MMA fight.

What do you think about Danis’ comments regarding his brawl with Nurmagomedov?

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