Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight crown in completely dominant fashion in Las Vegas over the weekend, taking McGregor to the ground in the first two rounds before forcing him to tap in the fourth. "I warned him. For me, discipline comes first".
This is not to say that tempers wouldn't have flared regardless because the hostility between the teams was already at boiling point after pre-fight comments about Nurmagomedov's country and family but the new footage does seem to suggest that it was the exchange with Magomedov that caused "The Eagle" to jump out of the cage. "I forgive Conor McGregor, all in the past".
"That's what Conor has asked for". If anyone could lay claim to being the next No. 1 contender at 155 pounds, it's Tony Ferguson, who scored an impressive stoppage of ex-champ Anthony Pettis in the UFC 229 co-main event.
The Nevada Sate Athletic Commission has reportedly withheld Nurmagomedov's payment for the fight and filed a formal complaint against both fighters over the incident.
The melee that ensued afterwards ended with three of Nurmagomedov's teammates being arrested but they were later released when McGregor refused to press charges against anybody over the situation. The NSAC is also holding Nurmagomedov's $2 million fight purse for the event, pending an investigation.
"If you want Khabib", said Rockhold, a former UFC middleweight champion, "he'll want a record-breaking number".
On a potential rematch, Kavanagh added: "This is a business and it would be a huge fight". But it is actually amusing, I was just thinking about this, you know that right hand, if you showed it to a boxing coach he would say "That's terrible". "I didn't see Khabib jumping over the cage like that". I just care about the strikes effectiveness.