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Khabib Gave His Most Iconic Post-Fight Interview The Night Conor McGregor Made UFC History

Khabib Gave His Most Iconic Post-Fight Interview The Night Conor McGregor Made UFC History

Khabib Nurmagomedov cut an animated figure as he furiously called out Conor McGregor the night he made history at UFC 205.

It's not often that Nurmagomedov loses his head when he speaks to Joe Rogan after a fight. He's normally a cool and calm individual, but that wasn't the case on this day four years ago.

At UFC 205, the promotion's debut show in New York City at the iconic Madison Square Garden, both Nurmagomedov and McGregor featured on the stacked card.

The Russian faced Michael Johnson on the undercard and smashed the American then unleashed an explosive rant aimed at the Irishman.

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"I wanna stay humble, but I have to talk, because your guy has talked too much," he said inside the Octagon after beating Johnson.

"I understand how crazy PR UFC machine, your guy, at the beginning of the year, he tapped like (a) chicken. End of the year, he fight(s) for the title. Crazy!

"Hey, you know, guys. This is true. This is not trash talking. Irish, only six million. Russian, 150 million.

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"I want a fight with your chicken because this is number one easy fight in the lightweight division."

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Looking back at Nurmagomedov's interview and knowing what transpired when he fought McGregor, it paints an interesting picture which is recognised by some MMA fans.

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One YouTuber user wrote: "That was some proper gangster sh*t right there. Khabib Nurmagomedov is the gangster Conor McGregor wants to be."

A second wrote: "How ironic this interview is, it was actually khabib's easiest fight and made conor tap like the chicken he is."

A third added: "Probably the best post fight interview ever."

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McGregor went onto thrash Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC lightweight champion at UFC 205, making 'The Notorious' the first fighter in the promotion's history to hold two titles simultaneously.

And, of course, Nurmagomedov eventually got his hands on McGregor a few years later at UFC 229.

As for UFC 205, it remains etched in MMA history and happens to be a pivotal moment in the storied rivalry between Nurmagomedov and McGregor.

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, UFC 205, UFC News, Fight News, UFC

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Darren Till, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.