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Conor McGregor breaks down UFC 229 brawl-khabib-nurmagomedov


Steven Marrocco, MMAjunkie
Published 8:56 p.m. ET May 21, 2019
CLOSEThe lightweight title fight that actually took place at UFC 229 went to Khabib Nurmagomedov. But “the real fight,” as Conor McGregor calls it, went his way.In an extended conversation with Tony Robbins, McGregor reframed his loss and subsequent brawl, crowing over the punches he landed on Nurmagomedov’s teammates before security broke them up.Throughout the interview, self-help guru Robbins cheered the manic former UFC two-division champion and laughed at the brawl that led to five disciplinary suspensions by the Nevada Athletic Commission. It was McGregor’s time to celebrate himself. The Irish star once declared it wasn’t his intention to “land the final blow of the night” on Khabib’s cousin, Abubakar Nurmagomedov. But speaking with Robbins, McGregor took pride in the fact that he did.UFC lightweight champ Nurmagomedov’s attack of McGregor teammate Dillon Danis provided another opportunity to shift the narrative. McGregor said Nurmagomedov “cowered” and “scurried” away when he jumped the cage to kick Danis, allowing him another round of sorts to get even.“He was trying to just hide away when he jumped in, so he didn’t really do anything,” McGregor said. “But I saw this take place, I got up off the ground and said, ‘OK, now I’m back in the mix’ (and) jumped on top of the cage.“As I jumped on top of the cage, his brother came sprinting across and jumped up on top of the cage … to climb in and help him and join the fight. I seen him there. It was like a Christmas present.”As multiple videos show, a left hand was the first blow McGregor landed on Abubakar, but it also triggered an attack from the champ’s teammates Zubaira Tukhugov and Islam Makhachev. The former landed several punches while the latter took one. McGregor celebrated the latter while expressing wonder at the disadvantage he briefly faced.Conor McGregor during UFC 229. (Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports)“I am very self-defense minded through growing up,” McGregor said. “I know where my entrances and my exits are. I’m very aware of my surroundings. So when the fight was breaking out, and I knew there was people in and out, there were a lot of rogue people that I wasn’t aware who was with who, who was with him, who’s with security.“So I backed myself up against the cage wall, where I thought I was good. And what happened was, two of his teammates ran and jumped over, right behind me. And for me, with my mindset, it was fascinating for me to watch that back, because I got to a safe place. I was good. I got to a place where I was aware, and I could see any incoming threats and deal with it. They came right over my back, right over my back.”All was not lost, however. For McGregor, the final blow to Abubakar immediately transformed the night’s official result.“As he threw that right hand, I threw a left hand,” McGregor said. “Boom! There’s an image, an aerial image, of the right hand just whipping by my face and my left hand just landing flush down the pipe! The final blow of the night! So that’s it. I win.”And with that, McGregor, who earlier this year announced his retirement but has since hinted at wanting to return, let out a big belly laugh.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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