McGregor is not a novice when it comes to creating such rivalries. He is able to create compelling grudges in an instant that transpire into vicious feuds.
Nurmagomedov, is the sole fighter who has managed to stay in McGregor’s orbit for years on end.
Whilst not always in the press headlines The Notorious and The Eagle have been engaged in a back and forth for years.
When the pair met at UFC 229 it was expected that chaos would ensue, but no one predicted what would happen.
In a, somewhat, shock of events, Nurmagomedov completely mauled McGregor pulling off an immense 55 punches in just 90 seconds.
McGregor was clearly taken aback by the blows and looked slightly dazed by the bravery of his rival.
Nurmagomedov was able to make the former two-weight world champion tap out in the fourth round at UFC 22, but the chaos didn’t stop there. Nurmagomedov then jumped out of the octagon and attacked one of McGregor’s team, Dillon Danis.
As anarchy broke out outside the ring, two of Nurmagomedov’s teammates jumped into the octagon and went for McGregor.
The Irishman was quick to throw punches of his own before he was escorted back to his dressing room by security as the brawl continued.
Whilst the fight will always be remembered as one of the times two greats appeared in the Octagon together, the punching burst may be overshadowed by the chaos that followed.
On March 18th 2021, it was confirmed on Instagram by UFC President Dana White that Nurmagomedov is officially retired.
UFC athletes and media were quick to praise the legendary champion for an incredible career.
The Russian former professional was the longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the title from April 2018 to March 2021, and is regarded as one of the best mixed martial artists of all time. He retired with an undefeated record of 29 wins and no losses.
McGregor is currently ranked 8th in the UFC lightweight rankings. Despite alluding to his own retirement multiples times, he was set to face former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Dustin Poirier in a rematch of their 2014 bout at UFC 257 on 24 January 2021.
The Irishman lost the fight during the second round via technical knockout and was later given a 6–month medical suspension.
The pair faced each other again on the 10th of July 2021, at UFC 264 where McGregor lost the fight via technical knockout in round one after the ringside doctor stopped the bout.
McGregor had a broken tibia, which rendered him unable to continue. He has since been able to return to the Octagon and has been creating many more rivalries.