Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor by technical knockout in the fourth round of UFC 229's lightweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Khabib used a rear-naked choke to force McGregor to tap out in the fourth round. But as the fight wrapped up, Khabib jawed at McGregor's corner before hopping the fence to reach them. A fracas in the ring ensued, subduing the performance in the octagon.
With the victory, Khabib improved to 27-0. McGregor, who was making his first UFC appearance in two years, dropped to 21-4.
Khabib landed 99 significant strikes compared to McGregor's 37. Khabib took McGregor down four times on seven attempts, while McGregor did not manage to bring his opponent down.
Below is a recap of the action.
Fourth round (12:58 p.m. ET)
Khabib took McGregor to the ground, successfully mounting before choking McGregor, who tapped out with just over a few minutes left in the round.
Khabib wins by TKO.
Third round (12:52 p.m. ET)
Both fighters appeared somewhat tired. McGregor landed a handful punches, as they mostly kept the fight off the mat.
McGregor won the round, 10-9. (Khabib leads 29-27.)
Second round (12:46 p.m. ET)
Khabib delivered a big blow followed by a several big elbow while the two grappled on the mat. With over two minutes left, Khabib delivered several big blows to McGregor. However, McGregor managed to get up with just under a minute left in the round.
Khabib won the round, 10-8. (Leads 20-17.)
First round (12:40 p.m. ET)
McGregor came out aggressive, but Khabib logged the first takedown. The two spent most of the tie on the ground grappling, with neither delivering much damage.
Khabib won the round, 10-9.
Prefight (12:30 p.m. ET)
Conor McGregor is arguably the face of UFC for a reason. After two years, the sports fans are welcoming him back warmly.
Khabib entered after McGregor, to less fanfare despite being the reigning champion.
Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis (12:13 p.m. ET)
Ferguson won when Pettis's corner stopped the bout after Pettis broke his hand during the second round. Referee Duke Roufus did not allow the fight to continue into the third. It was a wildly entertaining fight, one that both Ferguson and Pettis delivered significant blows to each other. Afterwards, Ferguson called out Conor McGregor.
Dominick Reyes def. Ovince Saint Preux (11:44 p.m. ET)
Reyes won via unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27. Reyes landed over 50 significant strikes in the first round and evaded over 80% of OSP's takedown attempts. Reyes remained in control for the duration of the fight, and in the final seconds nearly earned a knockout victory with a strong left hand that slumped OSP just as the horn sounded.
Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov (11:09 p.m. ET)
Wow! What a fight. Lewis knocked out Volkov with seconds remaining in the final round of the heavyweight bout. Lewis had appeared slow after taking a punch to the eye early in the fight, but survived through the final round. In the final minute, he brought Volkov down with a heavy haymaker, before launching a ground-and-pound assault to finish things off. It was an epic escape.
Afterwards, Lewis celebrated in the ring by removing his shorts and proclaiming that he's not one to be trifled with. When asked why he took off his trunks after the match, he offered a very straightforward response.
Michelle Waterson def. Felice Herrig (10:38 p.m. ET)
Waterson won via unanimous decision, 30-26, 30-27, 29-28. Waterson dominated the first and second rounds, pressuring Herrig throughout almost the entirety of the bout.