Ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov's first UFC Lightweight Championship defense against Conor McGregor at UFC 229, The Dagestani's fellow Team AKA training partner and current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier took it to his official Instagram handle and sent out a good luck message to Khabib ahead of the biggest fight of his Pro MMA career thus far.
"I slapped him as promised", said Tukhugov.More news: Dettori repeats Arc de Triomphe success on flying Enable
McGregor, meanwhile, returned to the Octagon for the first time UFC 205 in 2016.
Fights broke out in and around the cage, with a red-shirted fan landing several blows on McGregor before security intervened. "Two of Khabib's guys got into the octagon, one guy hit Conor with some shots form behind, and that's it", UFC boss Dana White said. Three of Nurmagedov's staff were arrested but then released after Conor said he did not want to press charges. "I thought he was going to get to the top of the cage and say "F You" or something but when he went over the top and then into the crowd, I thought "I can't believe this is happening".
Police eventually separated the dueling brawls, and both McGregor and Khabib were escorted out of the Las Vegas arena.More news: Apparent white tiger attack kills keeper at Japan zoo
"I don't understand how people can talk about I jump on the cage".
The bad blood between McGregor and Nurmagomedov had been bubbling for months and became personal when families were dragged into the pre-fight trash talk. However, Khabib took the ground the canvas with his grappling skills taking the full mount position, grounding and pounding his opponent until he moved into a rear-naked choke, forcing McGregor to tap out and concede to his more powerful Russian opponent, proving to the UFC that he is the undisputed Lightweight Champion.More news: Trump official sought Israeli help to disrupt rival campaigns
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