(Editor’s note: This post originally published on Oct. 6, 2020.)
It’s the anniversary of one of the most significant and memorable events in UFC history. Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his lightweight title against nemesis Conor McGregor in the UFC 229 main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 6, 2018.
The grudge match had a dark build-up, with Nurmagomedov and McGregor getting deeply personal ahead of fight night, with family and religion involved. It all spilled out in the octagon as “The Eagle” submitted the brash Irishman in the fourth round. A massive pay-per-view audience and sold-out crowd saw Nurmagomedov dominate, but the lasting memory is what happened afterward, when the champion jumped the octagon fence and kickstarted a chaotic post-fight brawl that caught the attention of the sports and entertainment world.
For better or worse, that UFC 229 bout is one that will stand out in the history books. What do we remember most about that night? MMA Junkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn and Nolan King take a trip down memory lane in this edition of Triple Take.