Chaos en­sues af­ter Nur­magome­dov forces McGre­gor to tap out

Nur­magome­dov wins on tapout, then brawl en­sues in­side cage

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Hill

Un­de­feated light­weight cham­pion Khabib Nur­magome­dov vowed that the re­sult of his block­buster UFC 229 main event bout against Conor McGre­gor would do lit­tle to squash the in­tense ri­valry be­tween their camps.

He was clearly right.

Chaos erupted in­side and out­side the cage im­me­di­ately af­ter Nur­magome­dov fin­ished off a maul­ing of McGre­gor by forc­ing a tapout with a rear-naked choke at 3:03 of the fourth round Sat­ur­day night at T-Mo­bile Arena.

Nur­magome­dov leaped over the cage af­ter the win, and a mas­sive brawl broke out with fans push­ing their way through bar­ri­cades and join­ing the fray as Nur­magome­dov was mixed up with McGre­gor’s cor­ner.

As all the at­ten­tion was fo­cused out­side the cage, more scuf­fles were sparked in­side the cage when some­one ap­peared to go af­ter a star­tled McGre­gor.

Po­lice hand­cuffed sev­eral peo­ple, and both fight­ers were es­corted from the cage be­fore the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment was made declar­ing Nur­magome­dov the win­ner.

It’s the lat­est in­ci­dent be­tween the two light­weight su­per­stars and their

camps.

McGre­gor was ar­rested in April for throw­ing a dolly through a bus win­dow in an at­tempt to go af­ter Nur­magome­dov, who had con­fronted McGre­gor’s friend and train­ing part­ner Artem Lobov two days ear­lier.

Nur­magome­dov could be the one fac­ing dis­ci­pline for Sat­ur­day’s in­ci­dent, but when he re­turns he will al­most cer­tainly face top con­tender Tony Fer­gu­son, who so­lid­i­fied his spot as the top con­tender in the di­vi­sion with a stop­page of An­thony Pet­tis in what cer­tainly will be in con­sid­er­a­tion for fight of the year.

Pet­tis’s cor­ner stopped the fight af­ter two in­sane rounds of back-and-forth ac­tion when the for­mer cham­pion com­plained of a bro­ken hand.

Fer­gu­son, who is less than six months re­moved from ma­jor knee surgery, has won 11 straight fights.

Heavy­weight Der­rick Lewis stole the show by sal­vaging a vic­tory over Alexan­der Volkov with a thun­der­ous knock­out in the clos­ing sec­onds of the third round.

Lewis was on his way to a loss af­ter drop­ping the first two rounds only to land a mas­sive over­hand right and fol­low up with short rights on the ground to fin­ish it off with 15 sec­onds left in the fight.

It was the third straight win and ninth in the last 10 for Lewis, whose post­fight in­ter­view might be re­mem­bered as much as the knock­out that brought the crowd to its feet.

Lewis re­moved his fight shorts while still in the cage and had them slung over his shoul­der while he talked to com­men­ta­tor Joe Ro­gan be­cause his “(area) was hot.”

“I knew that I was down on the score­cards go­ing into the third and I had to just go out swing­ing and pray to Je­sus that I landed some­thing,” said Lewis, who joked that Pres­i­dent Trump had asked him to make his Rus­sian op­po­nent look bad.

Ris­ing light heavy­weight con­tender Do­minick Reyes re­mained un­de­feated with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Ovince Saint Preux, though the method of vic­tory was con­tro­ver­sial.

Reyes ap­peared to knock out Saint Preux just as the fi­nal horn sounded, and he backed away to cel­e­brate the vic­tory. The ref­eree, how­ever, didn’t wave off the fight and it went to the score­cards, where Reyes was awarded the com­fort­able win any­way.

It was just the sec­ond time an op­po­nent had gone the dis­tance with Reyes in 10 ca­reer fights.

Michelle Water­son stated her case to make a move in the women’s strawweight di­vi­sion with a solid win over vet­eran Felice Her­rig in the first fight on the pay-per­view card

Water­son got the bet­ter of the ex­changes in the standup as ex­pected, but even found a way to win from her back as she negated a take­down with sev­eral big el­bows that al­lowed her to get back to her feet.

It was her sec­ond straight win and fourth in six bouts, with the losses com­ing to cur­rent cham­pion Rose Na­ma­ju­nas and con­tender Te­cia Tor­res.

Chase Stevens Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal @cssteven­sphoto

Po­lice and se­cu­rity re­strain Khabib Nur­magome­dov af­ter his vic­tory over Conor McGre­gor in UFC 229 at T-Mo­bile Arena.

Chase Stevens Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal @cssteven­sphoto

Khabib Nur­magome­dov, right, forces Conor McGre­gor to tap out with a rear-naked choke in their light­weight ti­tle bout Sat­ur­day.

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