In the end, Conor McGregor’s trash-talking and the taunts of his teammate, Dillon Danis, were too much for Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Russian fighter had already beaten McGregor where it mattered - inside the octagon - when he lashed out at Danis.
His behaviour could very well earn him a suspension from the UFC and he may also be stripped of his lightweight belt.
“I know this is not my best side,” Nurmagomedov said in a press conference.
“[But McGregor] talked about my religion, he talked about my country. He talked about my father.
“He came to Brooklyn and he broke a bus. He almost killed a couple of people. What about this s***?”
Neither fighter covered themselves in glory, but perhaps we should have seen something like this coming.
McGregor's ominous radio interview
McGregor said he wanted to “put a hole in this man’s skull” before the fight.
And he delivered an ominous message to Nurmagomedov and his team when he spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani a week before UFC 229.
“Every single one of them can get it. And this is never going to be over,” McGregor said.
“It’s not over after this fight. Trust me on that!
“Every one of them need to watch where they step, watch what they say, watch what they do, watch where they f**king sleep at night.
“And that’s the truth of it.”
Helwani tweeted a video of his conversation with McGregor and pointed out that the post-fight brawl makes the Irishman’s prediction even more of a possibility.
UFC president Dana White told ESPN that McGregor has already asked him about a rematch.
Just imagine the build up to that. Extra security would be required at every press conference in order to keep the two camps apart.
And the aftermath of Nurmagomedov’s win over the Notorious suggests that the post-fight events of any rematch will need to be monitored closely, too.News Now - Sport News