CONOR MCGREGOR made a losing return to the UFC – but it was the scenes after his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov that shocked the world.
McGregor submitted to the dominant Russian in round four of their contest at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Nurmagomedov was in charge throughout, but he soured him impressive victory with his post-fight reaction.
The Russian mounted the cage surrouding the Octagon and leapt into the crowd, appearing to go after one of McGregor’s backroom team, Dillon Danis.
While Nurmagomedov was getting stuck on the outside, it appears two of his entourage started laying into the prone McGregor as he lay on the mat.
UFC president Dana White was furious post-fight and refused to present the winner with his lightweight title.
He told broadcasters after the disgraceful scenes: “I’ve just talked with him (Conor) he’s upset about the fight, not about the fight after the fight.
“Three of Khabib’s guys have been arrested and are on the way to jail now.
“I know if we put the belt on him (Khabib) in the octagon they’ll be things thrown. I just said let’s just try and get him out of here.
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“I’ve just talked with him (Conor) he’s upset about the fight, not about the fight after the fight”
“Both men made it clear that the rivalry would not be over after the fight, but I definitely didn’t see Khabib jumping over the fence after the fight.
“Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold were great in diffusing things.
“Khabib jumped over the cage going after Conor’s guy who was talking trash to him and all hell broke loose.
“I don’t know what to say right now, I’m just sick over it.”
Champion Nurmagomedov ended Irish fighter McGregor’s attempt to win back the UFC lightweight title when he sealed a brutal submission victory with a rear naked choke hold in the fourth round.
McGregor, making a comeback to the octagon after nearly two years away, had looked dangerous in the early striking exchanges but as expected, Nurmagomedov quickly took the fight to the ground.
The Russian smothered him with his wrestling skills and prevented him from getting back to his feet for the rest of the round.
The Irishman was then wobbled by an early right cross from the Russian in the second round and the fight was soon on the floor again, but this time the Russian champion was able to keep the challenger from getting his back to the cage.
McGregor survived until the end of the round, giving a tired smile as the horn went, and in the third period he managed to keep the fight standing, tripping off shots to the head and body as he rediscovered his range.
However, it proved to be too little, too late, and the Nurmagomedov was once again on top in the fourth, sapping McGregor’s energy with his excruciating pressure before the choke ended the fight 3:03 into the fourth round.
The victory stretched his professional record to 27-0 and handed the Irishman his second defeat in the UFC.