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Brian Sanchez, Reporter

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After two years out of the octagon, the notorious Conor McGregor comes back, in pursuit of his stripped lightweight title. The UFC 229 Fight Card turned out to be one of the most anticipated and viewed fights in UFC history. The main event of the fight card included the sport’s favorite fighter, Conor McGregor, who challenged the undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. As seen through various pre-fight press conferences, the interactions between Conor and Khabib have been anything but friendly. The dispute between the two fighters comes from their previous actions and comments, leading to a hostile nature that caused both fighters to commit acrimonious actions against one another. As Khabib states, “He talked about my (his) religion, my (his) country, my (his) father. He came to Brooklyn, he broke bus and nearly killed two people.” With the increasing pressure between the two, the fight headlined across the nation leading many to purchase the fight on Saturday night, or head to their local restaurants to watch it. UFC president Dana White predicted that this fight would be record-breaking when it comes to pay per view records, and will reach 3 million payment per view buys (PPV).

Saturday night was filled with much anxiety as two of the best-known fighters in the sport were competing for the title as lightweight champion. Conor McGregor was unable to successfully use his striking skills against Khabib, which led Khabib to demonstrate his impressive ground game skills, taking the fight to the floor.  The fight concluded with Khabib Nurmagomedov defeating Conor McGregor with a rear naked choke in the 4th round at 3:03. After the fight, chaos descended as Khabib jumped out of the Octagon to fight one of Conor’s cornermen, Dillion Danis. Not only did Khabib start a brawl, but so did Zubaira Tukhugov, who then began attacking McGregor during the mayhem in the Arena. This led the Nevada Athletic Commission to suspend both fighters until the investigation is concluded and withheld Khabib’s purse of 2 million.

Ultimately the fight was a historical one, leaving a mark on pay per view records. Although the pay per view buys were not as Dana White expected, it did create a new pay per view record of around 2.4 million PPV buys worldwide. The previous record was held at 1.5 million with UFC 202 which included the McGregor vs Nate Diaz fight.

Now that the fight is over, there is still constant talk about a rematch. Though one does not seem plausible due to the suspension that was placed on both Khabib and McGregor. Until then, all that one can do is predict the outcome of the next fight.

 

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