McGregor, Khabib fans face off in vicious, scary Vegas melee

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2018

In the night's main event, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov put his belt on the line against former two-division titleholder Conor McGregor.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will make lock horns later tonight (tomorrow morning as per IST) as the two men get set for war at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

No one will argue that the Irishman is unmatched in stirring up emotions in his opponents and that psychological warfare is a major part of the fast-talking Dublin fighters weapons, and one reason that he is so popular, but the self-proclaimed King of the UFC lightweight divisions came up against a very different breed of opponent.

The Russian's fans chanted his name and danced in the street outside the T-Mobile Arena, but rather than the fight bringing to the end the feud, it only poured more fuel on the fire.

"First of all, I want to say sorry to Athletic Commission, sorry to Vegas", he said.

However, it proved to be too little, too late, and Nurmagomedov was once again on top in the fourth, sapping McGregor's energy with his excruciating pressure before the choke ended the fight 3:03 into the fourth round. "This is not my best side", he said.

In a recent Instagram post, Daniel "DC" Cormier had some kind words of praise and motivation for his fellow American Kick Boxing Academy teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov, ahead of his title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC 229.

"He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus, he nearly killed a couple people - what about this?" he asked reporters. What about he talk about my religion? He nearly killed a couple of people.

"Khabib diving over [the cage] was ridiculous", UFC president Dana White said during the press conference.

"There's going to be God knows what. And instead, you dive over the cage and start this huge melee with Conor's corner".

"I slapped him as promised. I was like, 'We'll be lucky enough just to get him out of here without the belt'".

Following his loss, McGregor tweeted on October 7: "Good knock".

"Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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