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Conor McGregor Loses UFC Comeback Fight  

Conor McGregor Loses UFC Comeback Fight  

 

A much-anticipated comeback to the Ultimate Fighting Championship by Conor McGregor ended in defeat Saturday, with the ugliest scenes coming after the fight.

 

Khabib Nurmagomedov retained both his unbeaten record (27-0) and lightweight title with a fourth-round win via submission, but the headlines were made by the 30-year-old Russian going over the cage and appearing to attack someone in the crowd in the immediate aftermath of his victory.

This was followed by one of Nurmagomedov’s camp seemingly entering the octagon and attacking the beaten McGregor inside the octagon. Fines and suspensions may well follow and could mean the prospect of Khabib being stripped of the title.

Much anticipated comeback

From the get-go, both men made clear they were going for blood, refusing to touch gloves before the fight.

The immediate pressure came straight away from Conor, surely aware that his best chance of defeating his superior opponent — in the eyes of the bookmakers at least — was to dominate early in order to win the fight via stoppage (McGregor has never knocked anyone out in the UFC after the second round).

Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, was content to be patient, opting for a smothering technique. He landed by far the bigger punches in the second round, before subjecting the Irishman to his ground and pound.

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The Russian also had the better of the third round, but by the fourth, both fighters were looking somewhat gassed, before Nurmagomedov’s choke move forced McGregor to tap out.

Khabib Nurmagomedov retained both his unbeaten record (27-0) and lightweight title with a fourth-round win via submission, but the headlines were made by the 30-year-old Russian going over the cage and appearing to attack someone in the crowd in the immediate aftermath of his victory.

This was followed by one of Nurmagomedov’s camp seemingly entering the octagon and attacking the beaten McGregor inside the octagon. Fines and suspensions may well follow and could mean the prospect of Khabib being stripped of the title.

These marked a series of events that may bring wide-ranging repercussions and really took away from his victory.

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