Sunday 7th October 2018 saw UFC229. McGregor vs Khabib. After all the trash talk, hype and court cases finally the two fighters came face to face in the cage to settle the score. Could McGregor vs Khabib II happen?
Unfortunately for Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov ended the fight with a 4th round face crank. What happened after that can only be described as ‘mayhem’.
Post McGregor vs Khabib at UFC 229
We hadn’t heard much from either team after it all kicked off on the night, until now. Yesterday McGregor posted on his official Instagram a post in a format we’ve never seen before.
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Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all ❤
McGregor describes the fight and asks ‘Thought’s on my last fight’ to which has seen close to 100,000 comments already.
Khabib Nurmagomedov comments
Until now we hadn’t heard much from Khabib. Until a comment appeared stating ‘It’s only business’, which is what McGregor has reportedly said to Khabib shortly after the fight.
What happens now?
The two fighters haven not met since fight night of UFC229, but they are both due to make an appearance in front of Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today. Where both fighters possible face sanctions for their actions.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has still not been awarded his $2 million winning’s due to it being held by NSAC. It is unconfirmed when its due to be released to the athlete.
It has been heard that Khabib has turned down a rematch against the Irishman although McGregor has been in contact with UFC president Dana White asking for a re match.
Dana White’s response