Nick Aldrich, Staff Writer
Last Saturday, a clash between two UFC elites sent waves throughout the sports world. The current UFC champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, squared off against a former champion and popular contender, Conor McGregor, inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was the main event for UFC 229, a fighting event which is held every few months. The event was broadcast across the world, with Dave Meltzer from, mmafighting.com reporting pay-per-view sales just under 2.4 million, shattering previous records for pay-per-view MMA events. The fight concluded with Nurmagomedov as the victor, defeating McGregor by submission in the fourth round.
The fight started out on a fairly even ground, with McGregor defending against Nurmagomedov’s shots for his legs. Nurmagomedov is known for his ground-and-pound style of fighting, where he grapples his opponent to the ground and prevents them from getting up. McGregor, on the other hand, prefers to knock his opponents out quickly with a combination of strong punches and kicks. Unfortunately for McGregor, he was not able to land a solid death blow on his opponent during the match. Nurmagomedov’s style of subduing and exhausting his opponent proved to be too much for McGregor, as his stamina was gradually drained over the course of the four rounds. Nurmagomedov subdued McGregor winning the match through submission. This is not to say McGregor didn’t put up a good fight. He lasted much longer with Nurmagomedov than other opponents, and he managed to land a few good hits on his opponent. He was able to consistently go blow for blow with Nurmagomedov before getting driven into the fence and taken down.
After the fight, Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage and attacked McGregor’s training partner, Dillon Danis. This caused a riot between the two teams, with people from both McGregor’s and Nurmagomedov’s side getting involved. Nurmagomedov was apparently still filled with rage even after his victory and went to attack members of McGregor’s team. The brawl was broken up by police as Danis and McGregor were led away.