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Khabib v McGregor.

Conor McGregor's head coach speaks out about the UFC 229 post-fight brawl

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It seems the post-fight chaos of UFC 229, between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov just can’t be forgotten.

After Nurmagomedov dominated the opening two rounds in the main-event, dropping McGregor in the process, the Russian finished the fight with a submission in the fourth session.

Although Nurmagomedov was dominant throughout the lightweight world title bout, with McGregor finding little to no success at all, the fourth round submission win just wasn’t enough to satisfy the undefeated Russian.

In a build-up where McGregor promised so much with threats and personal attacks, Nurmagomedov remained calm, however, this emotion spilled over after the fight was brought to an end.

As Nurmagomedov jumped the octagon to attack McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis, all hell broke loose in the cage, with ‘The Notorious’ also helping himself to a bit of the post-fight madness as he was seen brawling with his opposition's team.

Nurmagomedov's teammate, Zubaira Tukhugov, was captured attacking McGregor from the back as he landed a succession of blows.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

John Kavanagh addresses the UFC 229 post-fight brawl

Although McGregor is yet to formally address his UFC 229 performance, or the post-fight brawl, one man who has is his head coach John Kavanagh.

Speaking on ESPN to journalist Ariel Helwani, Kavanagh admitted he doesn’t hold any ill-feelings towards Nurmagomedov.

Kavanagh even likened his actions to those of McGregor, when in 2015 after the Irishman had defeated Dennis Siver, he hopped over the cage to confront the then featherweight world champion Jose Aldo.

“It really wasn’t that big of a deal,” Kavanagh said.

“He jumped over the (cage) and I don’t even think he hit Dillon. It really wasn’t that big of a deal.

“When Conor was in Boston he jumped over and he had a bit of a go at Aldo, it’s really not that big of a deal to me that kind of thing.”

Kavanagh, who has trained McGregor right throughout his professional MMA career, did reveal he can’t forgive the actions of Nurmagomedov's teammate Tukhugov.

“I do hold ill-will towards the guy that punched Conor in the back of the head. I thought that was a really cheap move, a dangerous move as well.

“I dunno if that guy is trained or what he background is but to make a close fist, with no glove on, and hit someone as hard as you can in the back of the head is disgraceful.

“As far as I’m concerned you can say whatever you want about the build-up, I kind of leave those conversations to the fans, the fight happened, honourable, at a certain weight-class, both guys did very well financially.

“I thought the crowd enjoyed it, my guy lost, their guy won, that’s sport to me. At the end we shake hands and we move on.

“Even with Khabib jumping over, it’s still not that much of a big deal to me, but the guy punching (McGregor) in the back of the head that really bothered me.”

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