They like dragging it out, don’t they. Remember that whole Khabib/McGregor beef? It’s just been extended.
Nurmagomedov is now claiming the bus attack he and his team were victim to didn’t really happen.
In what was billed as the biggest fight in the 25-year history of UFC, Khabib caught Conor with a strong fist early in the second round sending McGregor to the floor.
The fight eventually came to an end in the fourth round when McGregor was forced into submission.
What followed was almost cinematic in its lairiness. Khabib, not so content with winning the scrap, proceeded to jump out of the Octagon and into McGregor’s camp. People from Khabib’s entourage then jumped into the Octagon and swung for McGregor who had been swinging a couple of arms at another member of the Russian’s team.
Now, the whole precursor to Khabib’s post-fight reaction has been rubbished, by the man himself.
Speaking about the UFC 223 bus incident, Khabib told RT:
So I was traveling with all the other fighters who would fight from the red corner. I was in the red corner as well as a favourite. With me there was only one person (from my team) and my manager.
And if you watch the footage, you can see that the bus almost gets to the gate, and then suddenly it stops and pull back. Why?
If you see that some people are attacking the bus, then you should keep moving and get outside (from the parking lot). But then you stop and pull back. Why?
For me there are a lot of questions. I don’t know whether the UFC made it all on purpose or not.
But they started to attack (the bus), break (windows). It was a crowd of around 20 men.
Inside (the bus) we had three security guards. And as you can see (in the video), there were security guards outside as well, trying to stop Conor. In my opinion, I give 70 per cent that it was a set-up.
I wanted to get outside, and all the fighters who were in the bus, already confirmed it in their interviews, as well as all the managers. It all happened in about one or two minutes. I don’t know, but this incident leaves a lot of questions for me.
Following the furore at UFC 229, McGregor was suspended by the UFC on ‘medical grounds’. As a result he will not be allowed any contact until October 28.
The official line on the UFC list of medical suspensions states: ‘Conor McGregor: Suspended until 6/11/18, no contact until 28/10/18.’
As is often the case in the fallout of a fight, McGregor issued a congratulatory message for his opponent, writing on his Twitter, ‘Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.’
It was McGregor’s first fight back in the Octagon since a two-year hiatus from MMA, during which time he boxed Floyd Mayweather, losing by TKO in round 10 of their August 2017 bout.
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