UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov beats Conor McGregor, internet reacts as riots literally ensue

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It was one of the biggest fights in MMA history, then it became one of the most infamous moments in sports history.

Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor with a rear naked choke hold in the fourth round of the pair’s highly anticipated showdown at UFC 229, adding another victory to the Russian’s 27-0 record as a fighter. It should have been the highest moment of Nurmagomedov’s career, but what followed next was pure madness.

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Once the fight ended, emotion seemed to take over for Nurmagomedov and prompted him to leap over the fence and start a fight with Dillon Danis, a member of McGregor’s team. McGregor, standing in the octagon, was also attacked while the brawl ensued, with security and police trying to take control of the situation.

Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229, but what happened after the fight is what people are going to be talking about for a long, long time. (AP Photo)
Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229, but what happened after the fight is what people are going to be talking about for a long, long time. (AP Photo)

Both fighters were escorted away under heavy guard, with Nurmagomedov never receiving his UFC belt.

It was a surreal scene, and was quickly the talk of the MMA, and sports, world.

Twitter reacts to Khabib-McGregor brawl

Several members of the MMA media lamented what should have been a great night for their sport turning into an embarrassment.






Several fighters also weighed in, with some very mixed reactions.







And, naturally, rapper Pusha T also made sure to get his two cents in. He was a little more understanding of Nurmagomedov’s thought process.


Then came “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.


There was also a heavy contingent of people who believed there was hypocrisy in criticizing Nurmagomedov even though McGregor had literally ruined UFC events by attacking a bus full of fighters in April.





There was the cynical view that the fight would only end up increasing UFC’s business.




Speaking of Mike Tyson …. he also had something to say.


Considering McGregor still has both of his ears, we’re going to go ahead and still score this one for Tyson.

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