CONOR MCGREGOR was overwhelmed by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a struggle that was marred by a post-fight brawl in Las Vegas.
The 30-year-old Irishman was soundly overwhelmed as Khabib romped to a fourth spherical submission win in UFC 229 at T-Cellular Enviornment on Saturday night time.
Regardless of a stirring fightback from McGregor, he could not claw his approach again right into a struggle that the Russian dominated early on.
However, after Khabib sealed a fourth-round submission victory, he jumped out of the octagon and attacked McGregor’s jujitsu coach Dillon Danis.
McGregor was standing within the octagon recovering from his defeat when he was struck by a member of Khabib’s workforce.
UFC chief Dana White seemed livid with Khabib because the sold-out Las Vegas crowd booed the Russian.
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Former MMA star Michael Bisping said after the fight that Khabib could be stripped of his belt, face criminal charges and potentially have his visa revoked for his actions.
The long awaited grudge match had been in the pipeline since McGregor attacked his rival’s bus at a UFC media day in New York in April.
And that was enough to lure McGregor back to the Octagon after his venture into boxing to fight Floyd Mayweather last year.
Khabib spent much of the build-up to the fight enduring the taunts of his brash opponent.
But he was straight on the front foot in the main event of the evening, pinning McGregor to the floor in the first round.
The Russian was quick to take the wind out of the sails of McGregor early on in front of a packed crowd that were baying for blood.
Khabib began to land some heavy blows on McGregor in the second round and the Irish fighter was forced just to hold on.
McGregor rallied in the third round and traded blows with his Russian opponent to the delight of the pro-Irish crowd in the Nevada desert.
But Khabib’s dominance finally paid off and McGregor was forced to tap out in the fourth.
The Russian locked his stranglehold in, and McGregor was left with no option but to give in as tiredness started to show.
Khabib let out a roar of delight after the victory, but marred his biggest win with his post-fight actions.
The Russian jumped out of the cage and attacked Danis as a brawl broke out in the front rows.
McGregor was watching the fight from inside the octagon as he recovered from a devastating defeat, but was then attacked by a member of Khabib’s team.
The capacity Vegas crowd booed the Russian and he was pelted with objects as he was escorted out of the arena in a bitter end to the biggest fight in UFC history.