Conor McGregor and Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz still have vivid memories of October 6, 2018.
In what remains the most purchased pay-per-view in UFC history, UFC 229 featured a highly anticipated fight between the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov and the biggest star the sport has ever seen, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. The conclusion of the fight saw Nurmagomedov obtain the submission victory through a crack in the neck before full and total pandemonium in the immediate aftermath, which consisted of a post-fight fight between members of both teams.
Last week, McGregor posted a tweet saying that fighting was easy for him. This prompted Ali Abdelaziz to issue this response:
One of the many things that led Nurmagomedov to break down after his win over McGregor was something McGregor said about his manager, Abdelaziz. McGregor referred to Abdelaziz as a “terrorist rat”, which could be interpreted as McGregor attacking the religion of Islam. McGregor would no doubt clarify that his shot was aimed solely at Abdelaziz based on unconfirmed rumors about the coach’s past.
“It’s just a business”
There were other comments made by McGregor in relation to this fight that the Irishman’s claims were completely misquoted rather than simply taken out of context. This time, the comments were not made during the run-up, but during the actual fight, these being the “It’s just a deal” comments that McGregor is believed to have told Nurmagomedov. Multiple outlets have agreed that these are the words spoken by McGregor, but in a deleted tweet, the former champion-champion denied saying such a thing while criticizing BT Sport for posting the wrong quote.
“Really dirty. I’ve felt the wrath of the comments a few times, ”McGregor said of BT Sport. “Imagine this was the round that I had also won. The guy held me crying to the referee saying he was breaking the rules or some shit. And they try to say I said this just bullshit business. Absolute plop. ”
Nurmagomedov himself has mocked McGregor for these alleged comments many times. McGregor hoped to lock Nurmagomedov in a rematch, but Dagestani chose to retire at the top of the sport before the second round could materialize.
What do you remember most about the epic UFC 229 main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor?