Khabib Nurmagomedov’s performance against Conor McGregor was instantly forgotten about when he decided to launch himself over the cage and head towards Dillon Danis.
It sparked a mass brawl that has dominated the coverage of UFC 229.
It’s a shame because Nurmagomedov produced a class display to defend his lightweight title.
But the only thing that is being spoken about right now are his post-fight actions, which look set to land him in trouble.
Nurmagomedov is facing a suspension from the UFC, although he will be relieved to hear president Dana White doubt suggestions that he will lose his title.
The 30-year-old forced McGregor to submit in the fourth round of a fight in which he outperformed his opponent.
Nurmagomedov sent the Irishman sprawling with a brilliant right-hand blow in the second round.
Khabib's 2015 prediction
Then, in the penultimate round, The Eagle performed a successful takedown before submitting McGregor by rear-naked choke.
It was a clinical display from Nurmagomedov, although not quite as devastating as the one he predicted back in 2015.
In an interview with BJPENN.com three years ago, Nurmagomedov said he would smash McGregor in under four minutes.
“I like Conor McGregor but if he comes to 155, four minutes I will smash him, no problem,” the Dagestan-born fighter said.
“If he comes to 155... welcome.”
Nurmagomedov then reiterated his claim that he would make light work of McGregor in broken English, which makes it all the more terrifying.
It wasn’t four minutes, but it was still impressive to watch the manner of Nurmagomedov’s latest victory.
His ground-and-pound style doesn’t appeal to everyone but there can be no denying his talent.
McGregor was made to look very poor as he succumbed to the fourth loss of his UFC career.
The Notorious wants a rematch, but it’s hard to see any other outcome than a Nurmagomedov victory.News Now - Sport News