Conor McGregor Gives Detailed Account Of UFC 229 Post-Fight Brawl With Khabib
Conor McGregor has given a detailed account of the post-fight brawl which marred UFC 229 back in October 2018.
Shortly after Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor, chaos ensued. All hell broke loose after the Dagestan fighter jumped over the cage and attacked McGregor's corner.
McGregor's jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis got lit up not to mention members of Team Nurmagomedov.
Khabib's cousin entered the Octagon and confronted McGregor, who threw punches back.
And in an extended interview with Tony Robbins, the Irishman broke down the post-fight brawl while challenging Nurmagomedov to a rematch.
"So what happened was, the fight was done, the match was done. (Khabib) climbed over the fence and jumped into the crowd to make a bit of noise, but as soon as he jumped into the crowd, he cowered away," McGregor explained.
"I like to call it 'scurried away', because they're little rats, they are. I'll be honest. He scurried away.
"I gave my respect and congrats. He won the match. Let's see what happens next time. I'm confident we'll get it again - let's go again. I am humble in victory or defeat, no matter what. It's a sport at the end of the day. A gruesome sport, but it's a sport. So I respect it. I was defeated on the night."
"(Khabib) jumped in to cause this chaos and went to attack," he added.
"He was trying to just hide away when he jumped in, so he didn't really do anything. But I saw this take place, I got up off the ground and said 'OK, now I'm back in the mix' (and) jumped on top of the cage.
"As I jumped on top of the cage, (Abubakar) came sprinting across and jumped up on top of the cage also to climb in and help him and join the fight.
"I seen him there. It was like a Christmas present. He was right there. I smacked him right in the eye socket, and we started fighting on top of the cage. It got broken up.
"They came right over my back, right over my back. But one of them, the first one, the Chechen man, ran in front of me and went over to (Abubakar) that got smacked and was like, 'What happened?' I don't know what he was saying, but then he turned back and saw me.
"But I had already saw him, so as he turned back, boom - I smacked him. He wobbled. And as I smacked him and rocked him, another one jumped in from over the back, and he sly-hooked me from the side. And then I covered up."
McGregor continued by saying: "That got separated, and then the final one was the original brother who was on the top of the cage - he broke free from the security, ran at 100 miles an hour towards me. He threw a right hand. As he threw that right hand, I threw a left hand. Boom! There's an image, an aerial image, of the right hand just whipping by my face, and my left hand just landing flush down the pipe! The final blow of the night! So that's it. I win.
"I am an attacker and my attack defends.
"In this camp for some reason the entire focus was defend, defend. Every round we would start in training I would have my back against the fence, or my back against the floor. I would always put myself in a vulnerable position. As the camp went on I just became defensive but that's never what I do. It still irritates me to this day."
Both fighters were subsequently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their part in the melee.
McGregor completed his ban in April with Nurmagomedov free to compete in July.
The UFC lightweight kingpin is slated to defend his title against interim-champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September.
The former 'champ-champ', meanwhile, has been strongly linked with a bunch of fighters with UFC president Dana White expecting him to return to action in the summer.