UFC 229 Ends with Mayhem, Khabib Win
UFC 229 was supposed to be about the most anticipated fight in the history of the UFC — and instead, the focus is on its controversial aftermath.
Khabib Nurmagomedov scored a rear-naked choke submission over Conor McGregor to retain the lightweight title in the fourth round. However, Nurmagomedov was not done with his rival following the fight. The Dagistani champion got into McGregor’s face and began to yell at his corner, particularly McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach. Khabib then proceeded to jump into the crowd, while a member of his team attacked a recovering McGregor.
A massive amount of security was needed to separate everyone, and McGregor was escorted out for his safety. Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov was told by UFC President Dana White “I will not put this belt on you,” and had him escorted out as well, due to fear of fan violence. Nurmagomedov still had beer and debris thrown at him as he left, and Bruce Buffer was left to announce the match result to an Octagon with no competitors.
As for the fight itself, despite McGregor’s best efforts, Nurmagomedov managed to take the fight down to the ground and stayed in top position in the opening round, not letting McGregor get much offense in — let alone there not being much striking for the whole round. This continued in the second, but at this point, Khabib attacked McGregor with ground-and-pound and nearly sank in an arm-triangle. It seemed to be a miracle the Irishman survived the second round.
Then, Nurmagomedov seemed to lose a round for the first time in his career, as McGregor banged him around with knees and strikes to the body, and stuffing just about every takedown the defending champ could throw at him. But, alas, Nurmagomedov got in one more takedown and got McGregor’s back and neck, locking in the choke for the win before the event sunk into chaos.
In the co-main event, former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson defeated Anthony Pettis in a highly-entertaining contest. The second round saw most of the action, with both men trading high-impact moves and getting cut open. Ultimately the bout was cut short at the end of the round, however, thanks to Pettis suffering a broken hand, making Ferguson the winner.
For round-by-round results of the action — featuring videos and GIFs — check here.
UFC 229 Main Card Results:
UFC Lightweight Championship: (c) Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor via submission (rear-naked choke (Rd. 4, 3:03)
Lightwight: Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis via TKO (Rd. 2, 5:00)
Light Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes def. Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov via KO (Rd. 3, 4:49)
Women’s Strawweight: Michelle Waterson def. Felice Herrig via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC 229 Preliminary Card Results:
Flyweight: Jussier Formiga def. Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Vicente Luque def. Jalin Turner via KO (Rd. 1, 3:52)
Women’s Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (Rd. 1, 3:26)
Lightweight: Scott Holtzman def. Alan Patrick via KO (Rd. 3, 3:42)
UFC 229 Early Preliminary Card Results:
Women’s Bantamweight: Yana Kunitskaya def. Lina Lansberg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Nik Lentz def. Gray Maynard via TKO (Rd. 2, 1:19)
Welterweight: Tony Martin def. Ryan LaFlare via TKO (Rd. 3, 1:00)