UFC 229 Video: Conor McGregor Drops Training Partners Ahead Of Bout With Khabib Nurmagomedov

8:38AM

Mike Tyson: 'This is crazier than my fight riot'

The ugly brawl between the camps has provoked a strong reaction on social media - much more so than the actual outcome of the fight.

Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson has set the tone by claiming the brawl outdid the night he bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in 1997!!!

Watching the @TheNotoriousMMA vs @TeamKhabib fight. Unimaginable never thought it would go down like this. Crazier than my fight riot.

— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) October 7, 2018

8:27AM

'It's a bad night for MMA, a black eye for the sport'

Gareth A Davies, in the thick of the action, has sent us his recap of everything that went down.

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN.

Video : My recap after the press conference here ... #ufc229pic.twitter.com/EVnvUF6zKg

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

8:23AM

'This is not what the sport is about'

More reaction from Dana White, who could not hide his disappointment about how the night ended...

"It is a bad night for me and for people who have covered the events. We know that this is not what the sport is about. I am not in a good mood right now.

"I'm so disappointed. I'm one of the guys who has worked 18 years to get this sport where it is today.

"It is super personal to me. I have worked so hard for so long.

"It is just so disappointing.

"It should have ended with Khabib walking out a champ but it didn't."

8:20AM

How Khabib beat McGregor

What with everything that went on after the fight, the winning moment seems to have been forgotten about.

Here's a reminder of how 'The Notorious' came unstuck...

KHABIB FORCES CONOR TO TAP!

IT'S ALL OVER!! #UFC229pic.twitter.com/jcjjUQJw61

— Watch #UFC229: Khabib v McGregor live on BT Sport (@btsportufc) October 7, 2018

8:12AM

Khabib apologises but does not answer questions

Our man Gareth A Davies has sent in this latest update and captured this footage...

'Khabib is at the press conference, speaks briefly, apologies and says that President Putin called him to congratulate him... says that Conor disrespected his father, his country, him, and his religion...'

The champion @TeamKhabib is here and speaks apologies but does not answer questions pic.twitter.com/SBYci4d16M

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

8:05AM

McGregor fight chaos - The breakdown

Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov post-fight madness broken down by all angles! pic.twitter.com/x1zzEeQWQb

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) October 7, 2018

7:55AM

White defends way fight was handled

UFC president Dana White has said the event ended in "a s***** way", adding: "We did more than anything we have ever done to stop this kind of thing happening.

"What can you do when someone climbs over the cage like a monkey...

"The (security) team did a great job of containing this tonight."

7:51AM

McGregor not pressing charges

Dana White at the press conference. Says McGregor is not pressing charges against the three men arrested and then released by the police...

. @danawhite says @TheNotoriousMMA did not wish to press charges against the three men arrested and they have been released by the police.... but they will never fight in the UFC again pic.twitter.com/ftDmIySfh6

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

7:24AM

Nurmagomedov may not be paid 

Dana White, the head of UFC, is talking again. "I just spoke to Bob Bennett from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he said they have looked at some stuff already and they have made the decision that they will not withhold McGregor's cheque, but they are withholding Khabib's," he said.

7:03AM

How did we get here?

Hey guys, two wrongs don’t make it right. Conor didn’t deserve that. No one did. But some things aren’t for fight promotion. Religion, family, country. Throwing stuff in Brooklyn. For Khabib it wasn’t fight promotion, it was really personal. Diff culture man. Sucks

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 7, 2018

There's a lot of questions about how this fight was promoted. And some sympathy for Nurmagomedov's position. But there's no doubt you simply can't take the fight into the crowd like that.

No matter what has been said 2 bare knuckle men cannot attack a man who has just been fighting for 20 mins.. one from behind also.. Khabib has the win and embarrassed Conor! How was this not enough? There is not 2 sides to this there is only one and Khabib is at full fault!

— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) October 7, 2018

6:54AM

'Three members of team Khabib are arrested'

Dana White, the head of UFC, is talking to Fox Sports.

Moments after the chaos, @danawhite joins our @MeganOlivi to discuss what happened, and the repercussions that follow. pic.twitter.com/yk8NgCnICb

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) October 7, 2018

"A lot of bad stuff and stuff that shouldn’t happen," is how he described the aftermath. 

"Three of Khabib's guys have been arrested. They are on their way to jail. There will charges filed against them I’m sure. These guys may never get a visa to get back in the country."

He also opted not to give Nurmagomedov the lightweight belt after his chaotic win, he said, for fear McGregor's fans would react badly.

6:45AM

Reports of fights in Las Vegas

Fights already breaking out in Vegas #UFC229pic.twitter.com/c6KtYD2aD9

— José (@MourinhoMindset) October 7, 2018

No official confirmation yet but there are multiple reports of scuffles and fights breaking out on the main strip in Las Vegas tonight.

6:32AM

The aftermath

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Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is escorted out of the arena Credit: Harry How/Getty Images

Both fighters had to escorted from the arena by police and security.

No belt was presented and no speeches made, but the ring announcer declared Nurmagomedov the winner to a chorus of boos from the McGregor-supporting crowd.

What an extraordinary fight. And what an ugly ending.

6:22AM

Questions

First up, what happens next? Should Nurmagomedov hold his title? Should he be stripped of the belt and suspended for his actions in almost causing a riot?

Will there be a rematch?

But more than that, has the sport gone too far in the way it is promoting itself as a no-holds barred contest? Should McGregor have been punished by UFC for his actions with the bus in Brooklyn, which is all part of the bad blood between these two camps? How is it right for that episode to be used as part of promoting this fight?

6:15AM

A bad night for the sport

Surrounded by cops, Nurmagomedov is taken from the arena, beer and cups are being thrown at him as he goes out of the arena. 

Bruce Buffer announces that Nurmagomedov is still the UFC lightweight champion... 

The ending was madness. Utter madness. That was terrible for the sport. 

6:13AM

Mayhem at the ringside

Disgraceful sees in the Octagon started by the winning fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov. He leapt out of the Octagon and into Conor McGregor's team corner starting a fight with Dillon Danis, one of McGregor's training partners. Utterly disgraceful. Then one of the Dagestani's team-mates climbed over the Octagon wall and started punching McGregor. It is mayhem ringside, as a mass brawl between the teams breaks out. The police come in thick and fast and the trouble was quelled. 

Nurmagomedov is booed in the entire arena,... bad blood had simmered, and this was the aftermath. 

McGregor and his entourage leave the arena before the result is called out in the arena. Luke Rockhold and Daniel Cormier the American training partners of the Dagestani are in the Octagon trying to calm him down. The Commission is in the Octagon. 

Dana White, UFC President, is taking to Khabib Nurmagomedov ...  

6:10AM

The moment Khabib plunged into the crowd

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Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia leaves the octagon at the end of his UFC lightweight bout Credit: Josh Hedges/Zuffa

 Khabib looks to be in tears. Has he been stripped of his title? Is it declared a no-contest?

6:04AM

How it ended

Here's how Gareth A Davies saw it:

Seeing fatigue in McGregor - understandably - and ring rust, yes, it's real, after two years away. Khabib is on top again grinding away and dominating the former champion with his brilliant wrestling, smothering style. The crowd are jeering for they want the fight on the feet not the ground. Khabib works to a rear-naked choke and it IS ALL OVER AS MCGREGOR  TAPS !! 

Khabib retains his title...

6:03AM

Nurmagomedov wins as McGregor taps out

Extraordinary scenes. Nurmagomedov wins but clambers into the crowd, going after one of McGregor's coaches. One of Khabib's retinue then takes aim at McGregor. Bad tempered stuff.

6:02AM

Nurmagomedov on top 

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Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts a takedown of Conor McGregor Credit: Josh Hedges/Zuffa

Nurmagomedov is all over McGregor, with an attempted takedown here.

5:59AM

Round 3 - McGregor

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Nurmagomedov looks intent on the ground game  Credit: Zuffa/Josh Hedges

Jab from McGregor, left hand. Body shot. Lower leg kick. All McGregor. Good right from Nurmagomedov out of the clinch. He pins Conor back to the Octagon wall and begins his hands-on grind again. McGregor gets free and the crowd roars. In fact, they roar every time he lands a punch. Much closer round. They slug it out more in the centre. Conor landing but not hurting Nurmagomedov. What a fight.

SCORE:

Conor 10-9 

5:55AM

Conor defiant

This is the moment at the end of the second round when Conor McGregor broke into a grin as if to prove he was still in this thing despite a tough, tough battle.

10-8 round for Khabib? #UFC229pic.twitter.com/CnfmQhdY6E

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

5:53AM

Round 2 - Khabib

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 Conor McGregor tries a kick

How much did that take out of McGregor ? That was Khabib's territory on the ground. McGregor attacks with kicks. And then BOOM! a right hook dropped McGregor  and they go into a wild exchange. Khabib is now scenting a finish and lifts and dumps McGregor, gaining top position and landing punches and elbows from his dominance. He is on his feet attacking a downed McGregor who is hanging on in there... Khabib back on top and works to a guillotine choke, but the crowd goes wild as McGregor regains his feet... this is starting to become epic.... 

McGregor has a laugh with Khabib at the end of the round, as if to say "you can't finish me" ... Khabib looks so angry and focused.  

SCORE:

Khabib 10-8       

5:49AM

Is this the end?

Khabib is all over McGregor who is taking big shots in the second round.

OHHHHH MY KHABIB DROPS MCGREGOR!!!!#UFC229pic.twitter.com/4rBF7QbRey

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

 

5:47AM

Round 1 of 5 - Khabib

In a scramble they hit the floor after a cagey stand off, McGregor hunting for openings on the feet. Khabib gets a strong position on top on the ground - the sell out crowd want refers Herb Dean to stand them up on to their feet - KN looking for a dominant position inside Conor McGregor's guard, as challenger lands elbows and series to champion's head from the bottom. Boos from the crowd. Herb Dean should have stood them up by now. 80 % of the round is spent on the ground. Five rounds of this would be unbearable.   

Score:

Khabib 10-9 (based on ground control).  

5:44AM

Early exchanges

Immediately shoots!#UFC229pic.twitter.com/xQSqRIFlm7

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

 

5:43AM

Green, white and orange

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Inside the T-Mobile arena

 It's all Ireland in the arena.

5:40AM

We're under way

Five rounds. Here we go. 

No one fancied a touch of gloves much....

NOPE! #UFC229pic.twitter.com/ABHJ8rG4Sa

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

 

5:37AM

What an atmosphere

McGregor received an amazing reception, walked to the Octagon slowly, relishing every moment, he stopped to touch his Proper Twelve logo on the canvas, the whiskey he has developed. In the Octagon, smoke rises... it is green. He is followed by the now reigning lightweight UFC champion who is gently booed and cheered from different areas of the T-Mobile Arena.

Here comes the champion!#UFC229@TeamKhabibpic.twitter.com/wTroUWR2c3

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

Both men are impassive. McGregor awaits Khabib in the darkened Octagon. The lights are on, and we have them both in there.. what expectation here...

Five rounds for the UFC lightweight title, bragging rights, and a whole lot of bad blood.... 

 

5:33AM

And we get the famous gorilla walk

Welcome home, @TheNotoriousMMA!#UFC229pic.twitter.com/MBCDgMV0FT

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

Conor McGregor has one of, if not THE best walkout in the sport. We've missed this. Good to have him back. He shouts "Home sweet home" as he walks to the Octagon. #UFC229

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 7, 2018

 

5:31AM

Here comes Conor

Here comes McGregor!#UFC229pic.twitter.com/z5lp6tDN9f

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

 

5:30AM

I know this feeling

Full disclosure:

- Hands are sweaty

- There may be typos

- We are as nervous and excited as you are#UFC229

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

 Someone get me vaseline for my eyebrows. And we're not even fighting. 

5:28AM

The arena goes green

We are seconds away from the fighters entering and here's the result of my poll - 61 % of those voting believe Conor McGregor wins tonight.... 

Well it's finally time to find out. 

For me, Conor must show how brilliant he is in the first cagey exchanges at commanding the range, and make his power and precision is felt.

Khabib, undefeated - 26-0 - and one of the best MMA wrestlers we have ever seen, will get stronger if McGregor is unable to control him. But wait a minute... this is MMA, and anything can happen... 

HERE WE GO...

5:24AM

Khabib warms up

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Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia warms up  Credit: Zuffa

 The two fighters are warming up back stage. Not long to go now.

5:21AM

Who's up for this one?

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Conor McGregor of Ireland puts on his gloves backstage Credit: Zuffa/Brandon Magnus

 He is. Are you?

5:19AM

Brutal rounds of trench warfare

Brilliant two rounds by both Ferguson and Pettis. Ferguson two rounds up but they are cut, both of them, their faces bloody masks in trench warfare of fists, feet, and elbows. Both are so resilient, leaving everything in there. Oh... there we go... Pettis's corner have stopped the fight... we are hearing his hand is broken 

Ferguson in tears on his haunches on the canvas, emotional...   

What a fight !!! Wild dramatic Tony Ferguson beats Anthony Pettis 2nd rd corner TKO stoppage ... #UFC229 Check these pics pic.twitter.com/7Yi8p36Ygd

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 

4:57AM

The co-main event

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Opponents Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis face off during the UFC 229 weigh-in  Credit: Zuffa LLC

It's a great fight up next, also at lightweight between Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis, before the main event. The winner of this could fight the winner of Conor McG v Khabib N. So there's plenty at stake. Here's what Pettis told me about the main event - his pick - this week...

Anthony Pettis @Showtimepettis up next against @TonyFergusonXT I go Ferguson in this one on scrambling and size/skill but could go either way ... here's what Pettis told me about #Conor v #khabib#UFC229 interesting pick from Anthony ... pic.twitter.com/JCTpUs3foN

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

I go Ferguson in this fight, but could go either way if Ferguson does not close the space quickly and impose himself... 

4:51AM

Behind the scenes

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Khabib Nurmagomedov get this hands wrapped 

Both fighters are embarking on their fight night routines now. It's getting close.

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Conor McGregor arrives in his dressing room  Credit: Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC

 

4:31AM

Suited and booted

����☘️#UFC229pic.twitter.com/5Y3Z2J9hjg

— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018

It was a little earlier, around 30 minutes ago, but classic arrival of Conor McGregor - the Mac is back in the arena - suited booted and with missus (Dee) and child (in pushchair) in tow... like a night walk in Dublin... 

Remarkable as well as Notorious.

4:29AM

McGregor is in the house

Guess who just arrive? Missus and son in push chair... @TheNotoriousMMA .... btw if I hadn't said for a while ... check pic 2 here ... it's ready for the biz in here now ... #UFC229pic.twitter.com/DewRrEzU5f

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 

4:28AM

Nurmagomedov: 'He has to kill me to stop me' 

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Khabib Nurmagomedov arrives at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Credit: Zuffa LLC/Brandon Magnus

Nurmagomedov has a mixed martial arts record of 26-0 and is prepared to go to extreme lengths to remain unbeaten in his professional career, saying: "He has to kill me to stop me."

"For me this is more than defending my title. For me it's personal." 

4:23AM

Who ya got?

Okay, okay... for all asking... I have @TheNotoriousMMA inside 2 rounds... Khabib will get stronger if not....

Who ya got... ?

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

Your chance to vote on who you think will win. 

4:21AM

McGregor's whiskey is everywhere

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Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey is lined up in the bars at the T-Mobile Arena 

Last month Eire Born Spirits announced the launch of Proper No Twelve Irish Whiskey. Conor McGregor is the company's chairman and founder, and it is one of the sponsors of UFC 229.

The name apparently comes from the neighbourhood of Crumlin where the MMA star grew up. It is within the Dublin 12 postcode.

4:17AM

Lewis stops Volkov with 10 seconds left

Huge finish by Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis over the Russian "Drago" Volkov.

He was behind there, and then... BOOM... 

Huge right hand finish and ground and pound by The Black Beast over Volkov who ends the night studying the t mobile arena roof ... very dramatic #UFC229pic.twitter.com/Th6vt9auDY

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 

4:13AM

Lewis v Ngannou

Last time heavyweight Derrick Lewis fought against Francis Ngannou there were just 31 punches thrown in 15 minutes.... Lewis and Volkov trying to throw down here ... but Lewis looks somewhat listless in back and forth opener pic.twitter.com/SsAccSKB7V

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 A faster start than last time these two faced off. 

4:04AM

Hollywood in the house

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Chris Pratt arrives
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Matt Damon

 We must be getting close to the main event because the movie stars are arriving. The excitement is really building.

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Mel Gibson

 

3:59AM

Waterson wins

@karatehottiemma - that's Michelle Waterson to you and me. " data-reactid="611">It goes 30-26, 29-28, 30-27 for @karatehottiemma - that's Michelle Waterson to you and me. 

Deserved 29-28 for me... didn't see 30-26 on that one judge's score...nah. 

Technique won there over @feliceherrig

3:36AM

Herrig v Waterson

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Michelle Waterson (l) kicks Felice Herrig in their women's strawweight bout Credit: Zuffa LLC/Josh Hedges

Meanwhile, it's a round each for Herrig and Waterson. Round two went the way of Waterson after a great elbow and two head kicks...

3:32AM

The headgear's off

So here's #khabib ... focused ? Angry? Angry and focused ?? #UFC229pic.twitter.com/pXxPUZfLxE

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 

3:30AM

Khabib arrives

Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC lightweight champion, has arrived. pic.twitter.com/gRuePnHv4f

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 7, 2018

 With headgear

3:28AM

Herrig v Waterson

Now up it's Felice Herrig against Michelle Waterson. Here's what Gareth A Davies has to say:

I have Herrig - one of my favourite fighters in women's MMA - winning this by turning it into a scrap. Waterson's work is really clean - angles, strikes, movement - but Felice in a pitbull fighter and I think she'll turn it into a real barnburner. If Felice can get inside, she could really overcome Michelle with her physicality. Great straw weight fight... Let's see...

3:25AM

Split predictions

"This is the definition of a 50/50 fight"

�� @GarethADaviesDT has been getting fight predictions from some big names ahead of #UFC229pic.twitter.com/8Uvoc6Hlqg

— William Hill (@WilliamHill) October 6, 2018

 

3:17AM

Conor McGregor in his own words

A reminder of my sit-down interviews with @TheNotoriousMMA and how he has made it all come true... so far #ufc229https://t.co/ofSU1eR46U

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 

3:13AM

DUM.... DUM DUM 

Gareth A Davies on the atmosphere building...

Truly thrilled at these major fight night occasions when

The Who's Baba O'Riley plays at the moment when the pay-for segment of the card begins... been at fights for 27 years and it never gets any less mesmerising. The global fights, with the stories of fighters such as Conor McGregor, never feels tiring. Being close to the greatest fight nights remains one of the treasures of this role in print, on air, online... I sincerely hope for the fans that we will get an epic meeting tonight between the Irishman and Dagestani Khabib Nurmagomedov...

 

3:02AM

War of words

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McGregor was late for his own news conference Credit: Getty Images

McGregor hasn't held back in the war of words. This is what he said on Thursday when he turned up late to a news conference, after Nurmagomedov had already done his thing and left...

He (Nurmagomedov) is petrified. My heart is black towards this man, towards his team, towards his people, I can truly see the inside of that man's head and smile.

I don't give a f*** about him or his people. There is way deeper s*** than just a fight on Saturday night.

I plan on knocking that man's nose straight into the nosebleeds. I am coming to put a hole in this man's skull.

There will never be peace here. I always say you should aim for peace but if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes. I'm going to aim right between that man's eyes and this is never over. Never, ever, ever over."

2:52AM

Two hours or so from the big fight

AROUND 2 HOURS to #conor vs #khabib join me and @robcrilly now on the @TelegraphSport@Telegraph live blog from Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/JCoGzbrS9r

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 

2:49AM

The action so far

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Yana Kunitskaya of Russia (R) gets her leg caught by Lina Lansberg of Sweden (L) in their women's bantamweight bout  Credit: Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC
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Alan Patrick of Brazil swings at Scott Holtzman in their lightweight bout  Credit: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
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Vicente Luque punches Jalin Turner on his way to a KO in their welterweight bout Credit: Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC

Plenty more action to come. The main card is due to begin in about 10 minutes.

2:31AM

Arena filling

Building ... Building.... #ufc229pic.twitter.com/sZqQrjE66a

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 

2:16AM

A brutal finish

Wow!! The Silent Assassin!!@VicenteLuqueMMA with a stone cold KO at #UFC229! pic.twitter.com/A6sVylCUQG

— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) October 7, 2018

Jalin Turner makes his UFC debut and soon finds himself on the receiving end of a pretty conclusive KO at the hands of Vicente Luque. He is back up on his feet, but that looked pretty bad.

2:07AM

Where are you watching? Pt 2 

How this trucker watches the fights. (relax I'm Parked)#UFC229pic.twitter.com/3DHvMnMfnl

— Guy Shook (@GuyShook79) October 7, 2018

 

2:04AM

Where next for McGregor?

Gareth A Davies, our MMA correspondent, has this on how a McGregor comeback win could catapult the Irishman to new heights of stardom - with help from what he learned in that fight against Floyd Mayweather...

Hype has always sold in fight sports, but when the hype delivers the industry around the individual is set to grow. McGregor stands in that position now, influential enough to get away with crass acts as the UFC's biggest cash generator. From the metal dolly thrown at the bus carrying Khabib in New York in April, to making the entire card of fighters wait a further twenty minutes on Friday for the weigh-ins as he was late (again), McGregor treads a fine line but delivery on fight night sees all imperfections evaporate.

1:58AM

McGregor's comeback heightens interest

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McGregor walks out of New York's 78th police precinct after being charged with attacking a bus earlier this year Credit: Reuters

Today's event has been billed as the biggest in the UFC's history and is forecast to set a new benchmark in pay-per-view buys for the organisation.

November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the only fighter to simultaneously hold two UFC titles." data-reactid="796">McGregor's comeback is unquestionably a factor in that, with the 30-year-old competing in mixed martial arts for the first time since November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the only fighter to simultaneously hold two UFC titles.

However, his absence meant he was stripped of both the featherweight and lightweight crowns, with Nurmagomedov succeeding McGregor as top dog in the latter division.

The animosity between the pair ramped up significantly in April when McGregor threw a dolly at the window of a bus containing several rival fighters, including Nurmagomedov.

The incident was apparently retaliation after McGregor's friend and training partner Artem Lobov had an alleged confrontation with Nurmagomedov.  

The war of words has intensified ever since, contributing to plenty of ill-feeling between both camps and adding to the anticipation around the fight.

1:47AM

Where are you watching the fight?

The fight is 100$ on pay per view at home. My gym is currently streaming it on one of three screens for free. I might just pull up a bench and hangout. #connormcgregor#ConorvsKhabib

— Dustin Wollman (@DustinGordanWol) October 7, 2018

 

1:43AM

An early win

That's influence and power ... @TheNotoriousMMA Proper 12 whisky logo is on the Octagon canvas ....and even adverts on the big screen have been seen #UFC229pic.twitter.com/BtpLwl4s7q

— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 7, 2018

 

1:38AM

Drake is in McGregor's corner

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The rapper Drake makes clear which side he is on Credit: Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC

McGregor is by far and away the crowd favourite for this fight - the T-Mobile Arena a sea of green, white and orange - and, unsurprisingly, the Irishman is reveling in their support.

Even world-famous rap stars are Team Notorious.

1:26AM

'The best against the best'

Who belongs on the throne?

There can only be one king. #UFC229pic.twitter.com/G48hNs0VDq

— UFC (@ufc) October 6, 2018

Will it be Dagestan or Dublin? This'll get you in the mood. Thanks John Malkovich.

Although I had no idea McGregor was a Trinity College man...

1:20AM

Weigh-in kicks off

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McGregor aims a kick at Nurmagomedov during their weigh-in Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Conor McGregor attempted to take the attack to Khabib Nurmagomedov on Friday, ahead of their eagerly-anticipated UFC lightweight title showdown.

The pair both made the 155lb limit on Friday morning but tensions threatened to boil over at the ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at the final staredown later in the day at the T-Mobile Arena.

As they got into their fighting poses, McGregor brought his arms down on Nurmagomedov before aiming a kick at his bitter rival after being beckoned forward by the Russian.

Nurmagomedov seemed unflustered by the antics or another barracking from a crowd largely supporting McGregor.

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The two fighters are held apart

McGregor made one last attempt to charge at Nurmagomedov but the fighters were held back from each other by a throng of security personnel.

1:14AM

Shout out to Brett Kavanaugh

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Nik Lentz celebrates his win over Gray Maynard in their lightweight bout Credit: Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC

Odd moment in the undercard. Nik Lentz polished off Gray Maynard with a TKO but it will be his post-fight interview that will be remembered.

“I want to give out a shoutout to my homie Brett Kavanaugh,” he said, provoking a decidedly mixed reaction from the crowd at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. “Way to go Special K.”

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in a Supreme Court justice just a few minutes earlier after a bruising confirmation battle during which he was accused of sexual assault, an allegation he denied.

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'The biggest fight in UFC history'

Conor McGregor will end a near two-year absence from the octagon at the T-Mobile Arena tonight when he takes on an opponent who succeeded him as UFC lightweight champion - Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Dana White - the UFC president - even admitted he wondered whether McGregor would return to the UFC after a lucrative foray into boxing last year to take on former pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather.

"When a guy makes $100 million you don't know whether he's ever going to fight again," White said.

"Conor made a lot of money, I'm sure he had a lot fun and did what he wanted to do but no matter how much money you make, you can only sit at home for so long before you start to go crazy.

"You can tell this guy's passionate about fighting, he loves breaking records and he obviously loves making money, so he's back."

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Mayweather-McGregor did 4.3 million pay-per-view buys, and White believes what has been billed as the biggest fight in the UFC's history could do similar numbers.

That would obliterate the previous highest UFC record of 1.65m buys for McGregor's rematch against Nate Diaz in 2016.

White added: "All the numbers are tracking higher than Mayweather-McGregor and this fight is a global fight, the whole world will be literally watching this fight.

"It's huge, it's massive. I don't want to say we're going to do Mayweather-McGregor numbers but we could possibly do Mayweather-McGregor numbers."

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