The fallout from UFC 229 has been bigger than anybody could have imagined prior to Saturday’s fight.
Then again, nobody envisaged Khabib Nurmagomedov beating Conor McGregor before jumping out of the octagon and attacking Dillon Danis moments later.
This sparked a brawl inside the T-Mobile Arena, which saw McGregor receive a couple of punches inside the octagon from UFC fighter Zubaira Tukhugov, who leapt over the cage while the madness unfolded.
It’s a surprise that nobody was seriously injured during the melee. Despite that, though, Nurmagomedov is set to face serious repercussions for starting the brawl.
The 30-year-old - who will also need to answer his father when he returns home - is expected to be stripped of the lightweight title he so deservedly won.
“The NSAC is going to hand down some type of fine or suspension, we’ll see. I don’t know,” UFC president Dana White said when asked if the Russian will lose his belt. “If he gets suspended, it depends how long it is but yeah he will probably get stripped if it’s a long suspension.”
Even though he risks losing his title - along with the threat of a heavy fine and possible suspension from the UFC - Khabib has taunted McGregor with a rather eyebrow-raising Instagram post.
Per The Sun, who have translated the post from Russian, Khabib has apparently labelled McGregor as “slow” following the bout.
"My brother, even though you’re slowing down now, or I’m uncomfortable for you, I told you, on October 6th, I’ll say everything, or did you really want to get beat up there?” he posted.
Talk about rubbing salt into McGregor’s wounds.
He went on to apologise to anyone who may have been upset by his actions, before praising his loyal fans.
"[I] apologise to everyone I hurt our common victory, and my sincere fans - you are just space [amazing],” he added.
"Thank you for your incredible support, I love you, sincerely yours - Khabib Nurmagomedov."
McGregor did a lot of trash-talking before the fight - hence the reason Khabib was so determined to beat him - but has been rather quiet since.
The 30-year-old did, however, post a short tweet shortly after the result.
“Good knock,” he tweeted. “Looking forward to the rematch.”
You certainly wouldn’t bet against a rematch happening - despite what happened on Saturday night.