Khabib Nurmagomedov went from hero to zero at UFC 229.
Just seconds after beating Conor McGregor and clinching the biggest victory of his career, Nurmagomedov managed to ruin it all by attacking the Irishman’s team.
He leapt out of the octagon and went for for McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis.
Danis said before the fight that he is better than Nurmagomedov, and therefore McGregor would be well-equipped to face The Eagle.
And commentator Joe Rogan said afterwards that he heard insults coming from McGregor’s teammate.
“Dillon was absolutely insulting Khabib, saying something to him and provoking him and then Khabib just jumped over the cage and attacked him,” Rogan said.
It doesn’t excuse Nurmagomedov’s actions, of course. But it does possibly explain why the Russian was so angry.
Danis was escorted out
Dillon didn’t back away from Nurmagomedov’s attack. He landed a couple of blows before the UFC lightweight champion was forced back.
However, it was reported by Chael Sonnen on ESPN that Dillon was “wobbling” as he was escorted out of the building.
“It appeared to me that Khabib must have got to him,” Sonnen said.
Yet footage of Dillon being led out of the arena by police shows that wasn’t the case.
He certainly doesn’t look shaken up in that footage.
Danis is yet to react to the incident but McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, took to Twitter to express his thoughts.
“Another historical night. Amazing atmosphere, technical fight with excitement all the way thru,” he wrote.
“All that makes MMA a great sport. Shame about the ending. On to the next one.”
It remains to be seen what’s next for McGregor following the fourth defeat of his UFC career.
But fighters have already started to call him out. Tony Ferguson said he wants to fight the Notorious following his thrilling victory over Anthony Pettis at UFC 229.
As for Nurmagomedov, his actions will land him in trouble.
A possible suspension is looming, while there’s a chance he loses his UFC lightweight title.
There are even concerns over whether the 30-year-old will be allowed into the United States again following his reaction.