Conor McGregor vs Khabib UFC 229: Eagle's death stare after Dana White's confession

Dana White Tells Khabib He Won't Get His Belt After Conor McGregor Victory

Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the all-time great UFC rivalries, with the pair’s disdain for one another captivating fans around the world with their war of words and then fight in the Octagon.

When the pair finally got round to battling it out in the Octagon, the Russian came out on top which saw him eventually retire from the sport with a perfect record, but the same can’t be said for his rival.

Notorious has been struggling as of late which has seen him lose three fights from his last four outings, including a broken leg in his most recent fight last year, with a return still not lined up for the Irishman despite being back to full fitness.

Conor McGregor vs Khabib aftermath

After the Russian forced his opponent to submit in the fourth round, absolute carnage ensued, with all the bitter words in the build-up boiling over.

Khabib scaled the Octagon after his win and started fighting with McGregor’s team, punching one of the Irishman’s team members, Dillon Danis.

Obvisouly, McGregor responded and both sides were just brawling it out around the arena, needing to be separated before the post-fight formalities could continue.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia makes his entrance before competing against Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dana White refused to give Khabib his belt

After everything had calmed down to some degree, UFC president Dana White was talking to Khabib, explaining to him that he won’t be giving him the championship belt he had just won in the Octagon, he would likely have to get it backstage.

The Russian was clearly frustrated with what was happening as he was desperate to mark his crowning moment with the crown itself in front of the crowd.

However, Dana White had other ideas, explaining to his fighter: “This is what I believe, if I put this belt on you, everyone is going to start throwing s**t into the Octagon.”

UFC's McGregor laughing.
Sep 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; MMA fighter Conor McGregor tosses the ball after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Understandably, Khabib was quick to try and reassure him, saying: “Brother, I’m ready for this!”

His stare at White was intense, he was clearly beside himself at the thought of him not getting his belt in the Octagon, with that ending up being the case, with White adding: “Other people might get hurt.”

Video: The moment Khabib was told he wasn’t getting the belt in the Octagon

He can only really blame himself for it not happening how he wanted, with him jumping over the cage to start the mass brawl himself. Regardless of that, he still goes down as one of, if not the greatest fighter the UFC has ever had.

Kudos has to be given to Dana White, possibly the hardest thing he’s had to face as the president of the UFC, but he handled it calmly to ensure people’s safety was the main focus.

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