"The Notorious" Conor McGregor took a beating in his UFC 229 main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday (Oct 6, 2018) night. The event was marred by a post-fight melee touched off when Nurmagomedov leapt the cage and went after Dillon Danis, one of McGregor's teammates, at cageside.
Nurmagomedov was due to receive a $2 million guaranteed base salary for the fight, according to figures disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the mixed martial arts bout. "And knowing what he knows now, he was able to make adjustments in the second Nate Diaz fight and you'd imagine that he'd be able to make some adjustments after having seen Khabib over the course of four rounds".
Nurmagomedov defended his actions on Saturday night by referring back to how McGregor "almost killed a couple of people". Nurmagomedov was less than 24 hours removed from winning arguably the biggest fight in UFC history, but he walked through the airport unnoticed despite an outfit that screamed, "Hey, I'm a UFC fighter!"More news: Mahrez penalty miss costs City victory at Liverpool
As the fall-out continues from the violent scenes inside and outside the Octagon after Nurmagomedov had forced McGregor to tap out, we were joined by MMA Fighting's Deputy Managing Editor Marc Raimondi to discuss UFC229 and where that leaves the key protagonists. White said Saturday if Nurmagomedov is out for an extended amount of time, the UFC would consider stripping him of his title. Though not near the three million buys he had spoken about before the fight, he did say the numbers are "way over two million". "I love watching him fight".
White said three members of Nurmagomedov's team were detained by police, but released after McGregor refused to press charges. He also said the UFC took extra precautions to prevent this type of situation, but it was unavoidable. Outside of the octagon, you need to exist peacefully. "I didn't see Khabib jumping over the cage like that". "They are withholding Khabib's purse, they are not withholding Conor McGregor's". He got over that thing quick and was going after one of Conor's cornermen. "I definitely know I could beat him the only catch is to try and get down to 155 pounds. We have held 100 percent of one of the fighter's money, so the goal is to get the complaints out in the next 24 to 48 hours".