Conor McGregor Reacts To Khabib’s UFC Hall of Fame Induction

MMA superstar Conor McGregor has reacted with disdain following arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov’s induction into the UFC Hall of Fame last week. One of the highlights and staples of International Fight Week is the UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, which …

MMA superstar Conor McGregor has reacted with disdain following arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov’s induction into the UFC Hall of Fame last week. One of the highlights and staples of International Fight Week is the UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, which sees fighters and bouts commemorated. Headlining the 2022 class in Las Vegas last Thursday was Khabib,…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals Why He Doesn’t Talk About His Fight With Conor McGregor At UFC 229

Khabib NurmagomedovAt UFC 229 Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor main evented the highest-grossing pay-per-view in the promotion’s history.  That night, the T-Mobile Arena hosted the highly anticipated lightweight championship fight between the undefeated and reigning king of the division and the outspoken Irishman.  Unfortunately, the fight was shrouded by its dark and deeply personal build-up that […]

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At UFC 229 Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor main evented the highest-grossing pay-per-view in the promotion’s history. 

That night, the T-Mobile Arena hosted the highly anticipated lightweight championship fight between the undefeated and reigning king of the division and the outspoken Irishman. 

Unfortunately, the fight was shrouded by its dark and deeply personal build-up that left a stain on a potentially classic rivalry. As a result, ‘The Eagle’ has often avoided discussing the bout. While speaking with Daniel Cormier on his ESPN show ‘DC and RC’ ahead of his UFC Hall of Fame induction at the promotion’s International Fight Week event, Nurmagomedov discussed that night and why he avoids talking about it despite recognizing it as one of his career’s best moments.

“People wanted to talk about something like when they want to promote this. Like this fight become like bigger than, bigger than our sport, bigger than… Like all the time talking about this, I don’t like to be honest. But this is like one of the best moment ever happened in my professional career. 2018 October 6… I remember every day, almost everything, almost and it’s like people, people never talk about one thing. People never talk about when I jump, with me jumped all the sport.”

Madness Ensues Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Submission Victory

Following his fourth-round submission of McGregor, ‘The Eagle’ had words with McGregor’s corner, prompting him to jump out of the cage and initiate a brawl with his opponent’s corner. Inside the cage, hell continued to break loose as McGregor began brawling with Nurmagomedov’s team. As a result, Nurmagomedov was suspended for nine months while ‘The Notorious’ was dealt a six-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Nurmagomedov would successfully defend his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje before calling it a career, retiring with a record of 29-0. McGregor is still active but has not competed since July 2021 when he suffered a broken leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Since facing Nurmagomedov, McGregor is 1-3 in his last four outings inside the Octagon.

Khabib: My Fight With McGregor Was Bigger Than MayMac

Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes his UFC 229 main event with Conor McGregor was a bigger fight than the Irishman’s blockbuster boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather. 2017 saw a collision billed as “The Money Fight” and “The Biggest Fight In Combat Sports History.” It pitted undefeated 11-time five-division boxing world champion Mayweather against […]

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Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes his UFC 229 main event with Conor McGregor was a bigger fight than the Irishman’s blockbuster boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

2017 saw a collision billed as “The Money Fight” and “The Biggest Fight In Combat Sports History.” It pitted undefeated 11-time five-division boxing world champion Mayweather against former two-division UFC titleholder and then-155-pound king McGregor.

While the battle of boxing vs. MMA has essentially become a norm in today’s crossover culture, back then it was as historical as it was lucrative.

Following one of the most covered and notable international media tours and build-ups combat sports has ever seen, the pair shared the squared circle inside Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. After going nine rounds with the boxing GOAT contender, McGregor was finished in the 10th frame.

The numbers behind the clash were staggering. The contest grossed a remarkable $938 million, sitting in second on the all-time list behind only Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s 2015 match ($960 million). That feat certainly doesn’t need any more context, but here’s some anyway; the third highest-grossing fight (Mayweather vs. Canelo Álvarez – 2013) raked in $304 million, over $600 million less than ‘The Money Fight’.

With that number in mind, it’s no surprise where Mayweather vs. McGregor sits on the pay-per-view buys ladder. Once again second to only Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, the 2017 crossover fight jumped to the #2 spot after attracting 4.3 million buys, nearly two million more than the third-placed bout.

What did all that help secure? A reported $280 million purse for “Money” Mayweather and a $130 million boost for the “Notorious” McGregor.

Khabib: McGregor vs. Mayweather Was More “Fake”

While Mayweather vs. McGregor is widely regarded as one of, if not the, biggest fights of all time, one man shares a different sentiment.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, one of the leading contenders in the debate surrounding the greatest of all time in the UFC, believes his own grudge match with McGregor clearly surpassed Mayweather’s.

During an appearance on the Full Send Podcast, “The Eagle” cited the background to the UFC 229 main event and the memorable nature of the fight as the reasons why no other matchup comes close, especially not the “sparring” session between Mayweather and McGregor.

“For sure this is biggest fight in history of martial arts. Nothing close, I think,” said Khabib. “Even when he fight with Mayweather, it’s like, ‘OK.’ But not many people care about this fight. It was historical event: MMA champion vs. boxing champion. 

“But inside the fight, many people, they don’t even remember what happened inside the fight. For example, in what round referee stop this fight? Most of the people don’t remember,” continued Khabib. “They don’t remember because it was like sparring fight. For me, it was not real fight because (McGregor) is not real boxer. And Mayweather, what he did—for me, it was like more fake fight. This just my opinion, maybe not.

“And then what was between us, it was real. And everything (that) happened before the fight, inside the fight, after the fight (was real),” concluded Khabib.

Whether for positive or negative reasons, UFC 229 was undoubtedly one of the most memorable events in UFC history.

From the pre-fight exchanges, which saw McGregor attack Khabib’s family, religion, and country, to the fight itself, which saw the Dagestani extend his unbeaten record with a fourth-round neck crank submission, to the post-fight brawl, it’s hard to forget what transpired on October 6, 2018.

While it attracted 2.4 million PPV buys, leaving daylight to the UFC’s second-highest tally in that regard, can it be regarded as “bigger” across all aspects than Mayweather vs. McGregor? It’s certainly an interesting debate to have.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Blames Conor McGregor For UFC 229 Brawl

Khabib Nurmagomedov Conor McGregorKhabib Nurmagomedov has claimed that a lacklustre performance from Conor McGregor is what led to the brawl following their long-awaited matchup. Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed what was his biggest win to date following his submission victory over the Irishman in the fourth round. There hadn’t been a feud to this level in the UFC before, so […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has claimed that a lacklustre performance from Conor McGregor is what led to the brawl following their long-awaited matchup.

Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed what was his biggest win to date following his submission victory over the Irishman in the fourth round. There hadn’t been a feud to this level in the UFC before, so it was no surprise things spilt over after the match was done resulting in both teams and their fighters getting into a mass brawl.

Khabib spoke on the Full Send Podcast about why everything happened the way it did.

“First of all, I was preparing for war. I come inside the cage, I fight with this guy, and he tapped, I’m like, ‘Why I come here? Why I train so hard for this?

“You’re going to tap easily like this?’ I just take his chin, you know, and he tapped. This one makes me upset too, you know, because I accept more than what I find inside the cage… I remember someone from his corner said something and it was crazy emotional.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Reflects On McGregor Brawl

Although Khabib blames McGregor’s disappointing performance as the catalyst in this all, having moved forward in his life Khabib recognised how he was caught up in the moment and how emotions got the better of him.

“I’m not going to say I am proud of something like this, at the age of 33-years-old I can say I wouldn’t have jumped into the crowd now.

“I am like ‘okay this party is not finished’. I don’t really remember but who cares, I think he was happy because what would have happened if the referee wasn’t there? “They never asked to fight again, there was no reason to make the rematch after he tapped out in four rounds.” (Transcribed by Mirror.co.uk)

Having both received substantial fines post-event, both men would go their separate ways with Khabib Nurmagomedov going onto make two more title defences against Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje before heading up his brand-new promotion Eagle FC with the company already making a successful U.S debut in January.

McGregor would make a successful return against Donald Cerrone in January 2020 before dropping two back-to-back against Dustin Poirier and picking up a severe injury which will leave him side-lined till mid-2022.

Who was at fault for the UFC 229 Brawl?

Archives: White Disagrees With ‘Harsh’ Punishment For Khabib (2019)

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Archives: Dana White Disagrees With ‘Harsh’ Punishment Handed Down to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Author: Damon Martin

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced to pay a $500,000 fine for his role in the infamous post-fight brawl that he initiated following his win over Conor McGregor last October.

Just seconds after Nurmagomedov secured a fourth-round rear-naked choke finish, he leaped over the cage to go after McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, who was working in his corner for the fight.

Chaos ensued immediately afterwards but security quickly contained the ugly incident but the commission wasn’t going to let it go without handing down some stiff penalties for everybody involved.

Nurmagoemdov was dinged with the $500,000 fine and a six-month suspension assuming he completes an approved anti-bullying public service announcement for the state of Nevada. Meanwhile, McGregor was hit with a $50,000 fine and a six-month suspension and both fighters should be eligible to return after April 6.

UFC president Dana White has definitely gone back and forth with the Nevada Commission in the past over certain decisions that have been made and in this case, he believes Nurmagomedov got a raw deal when it comes to his punishment for the brawl.

“I was obviously surprised by how much they put on Khabib,” White told ESPN on Wednesday. “You’ve got a half-a-million dollars and six months [suspension] if he does some [public service announcements]. What he did was wrong, he jumped out, we had the whole thing contained in seconds.

“I don’t know. It was a little harsh in my opinion but it is what it is.”

The commission also took exception to the excessing amount of trash talking between Nurmagomedov and McGregor that led to their fight at UFC 229.

As personal as things may have gotten, the fight ended up as the biggest UFC pay-per-view of all time while the promotion put out a study earlier this week showing more than $86 million in revenue was generated for the city of Las Vegas by that single event.

White obviously doesn’t agree with trying to police what the fighters are saying to each other in the lead up to a fight, especially when it oftentimes leads to the biggest rivalries in the history of the sport.

“Here’s the thing — it’s a fight. At the end of the day, it’s a fight,” White said. “Sometimes you come across people that don’t like each other and there’s a lot of bad blood. That was the case in this fight. This is what we do. This is the fight business. These guys are talking about fighters saying mean things to each other and all this other stuff.

“If you break it down and go back to when [Muhammad] Ali fought [Joe] Frazier and you look at the times when that happened, the stuff that he said about Frazier and saying to Frazier was horrible. Horrible things that you don’t say to somebody else back then.”

It’s tough to imagine the Nevada commission actually attempting to curb trash talk before a fight but either way they definitely made Nurmagomedov pay for his choices after the fight was over.

Through his manager Ali Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov has reportedly stated that he will no longer fight in Nevada as a result of this harsh penalty.

Was the Nevada commission wrong to fine Khabib Nurmagomedov so much money? Sound off in the comments and let us know! 

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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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