The UFC 229 event featuring Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov was not just another pay-per-view. Even half a decade later, it is still hailed as the most significant night in the history of the pioneering MMA organization. What set this pay-per-view apart was the intense and malevolent rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov. At the time, ‘The Notorious’ was returning to the UFC after a lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.
The undefeated Russian fighter was welcomed back to the Octagon, reigniting their fierce rivalry that had been brewing long before the actual fight. Even 5 years later, it’s clear that the animosity between the two is far from resolved. Though Nurmagomedov rarely speaks about this dark moment in his life, he recently made some surprising remarks on his Instagram account.
Khabib Nurmagomedov unleashes aggressive assault on Conor McGregor.
Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov are polar opposite personalities. While ‘The Notorious’ is known for his outspoken nature and outlandish personality, ‘The Eagle’ is far more stoic and composed. However, it seems like the roles have switched, as Nurmagomedov was recently the one to poke his fierce rival with some Instagram stories.
Today is the 5th anniversary of UFC 229, and the Russian fighter chose to commemorate the occasion in a unique way. He shared several pictures on his Instagram stories, showcasing his dominant performance against McGregor. Additionally, the undefeated MMA star included powerful one-liners with each image.
The initial photo shows McGregor being hit hard by Nurmagomedov’s punch. Along with the picture, he captioned it as “The punch they talked about”. Another photo captures Nurmagomedov delivering a strong punch to his opponent, with the caption “What a powerful punch”. Additionally, he shared a screenshot of the exact moment when McGregor surrendered. “And that concludes it,” wrote the fighter from Dagestan.
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Finally, Nurmagomedov concluded with a photo of himself landing strikes on a downed McGregor. “He asked to talk (alone). But the conversation never happened,” he stated.
The genuine response of Conor McGregor following his defeat at UFC 229 has been disclosed.
The former two-time champion faced defeat against his longtime rival at UFC’s top pay-per-view event, which was a difficult experience. However, McGregor has always maintained a positive attitude and never displayed any sadness or regret until recently. In 2019, Netflix premiered a documentary about McGregor’s journey after his boxing match with Mayweather.
The release date for McGregor Forever is May 17th and it will be exclusively available on @Netflix. Viewers will have the opportunity to witness some of my toughest battles, my ability to overcome obstacles, and understand why I am still the top competitor in the UFC.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2023
Additionally, the film captured an unguarded moment when the Irish fighter discussed his defeat. “I was defeated, plain and simple,” he stated as he made his way backstage at the T-Mobile Arena.
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Fans have been waiting for 5 years for a rivalry that can top this one. While Conor McGregor has not reacted to Nurmagomedov’s recent actions, we can anticipate a response soon. Which side are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has maintained a hostile relationship with Conor McGregor even after five years since their UFC 229 fight, using verbal insults to keep the rivalry alive. Today marks the anniversary of the fight.