Khabib makes UFC title demand after Charles Oliveira's latest win
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Khabib Nurmagomedov has taunted great rival Conor McGregor over their infamous clash at UFC 229. Back in October 2018, following a volatile build-up, the pair clashed in Las Vegas with the Russian star dominating the contest, submitting the Dubliner early in the fourth round after trapping him in a neck crank submission move.
But that proved just the beginning of the drama. In ugly post-fight scenes, Khabib then scaled the octagon and attacked McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis whilst his own team brawled with the beaten Irishman, actions which saw ‘The Eagle’ handed a nine month suspension and £395,000 fine.
His behaviour was widely viewed as retribution given that four months earlier, ‘The Notorious’ attacked a bus that was carrying Khabib and other UFC fighters. McGregor, 34, was charged over the incident and later ordered to perform five days of community service and attend anger management classes.
Khabib, 33, would only fight twice more after dismantling the Irishman, successfully defending his UFC Lightweight title against Dustin Poirier and then Justin Gaethje, before retiring from the sport in 2020 following the death of his father. But on the ‘Hotboxing with Mike Tyson’ podcast, Khabib sat down with ‘Iron Mike’ and Henry Cejudo and showed that his ill-feeling towards Mcgregor remained.
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“I was expecting more, you know?” he said, of their clash four years ago. “When I talked with him, he gave me this excuse like, ‘This is just only business.’ When I catch his neck and choke him, he tapped.”
And Khabib, who walked away from the sport with a record of 27-0, implied McGregor let down his travelling support: “I thought, ‘You brought like thousands of people from Ireland here and you tap in front of them.’ How can you tap? Go to sleep.”
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The comfortable win seemingly left the UFC icon dissatisfied, hence the post-bout attack: “He tapped and I was like, ‘Okay, it’s not enough.’ I needed something and I see some of his corner that talked to me and I think, ‘Oh, I have to bite his heart.’”
The loss arguably derailed McGregor’s MMA career, despite him bouncing back to defeat Donald Cerrone. He then endured back-to-back losses to Dustin Poirier, and has not fought since breaking his leg in his last bout with the American in July 2021.
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