Conor McGregor Gives His Account Of The UFC 229 Melee
Conor McGregor has not fought since losing in a title bid against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Following the bout, a now infamous brawl broke out when Khabib jumped the cage and attacked Conor’s corner.
Finally, six months later, Conor relives his side of the story. He spoke with motivational speak Tony Robbins, to discuss the bad blood and his desires for a rematch with “The Eagle.” (via MMAFighting)
“What happened was, the fight was done, the match was done…he climbed over the fence and jumped into the crowd to make a bit of noise. but as soon as he jumped into the crowd he cowered away. I like to call it scurried away because they’re little rats, they are. They scurried away.”
McGregor details trying to offer “congrats” to Khabib, wanting to be humble in defeat. He then details what happened from the moment Khabib jumped the cage.
“I saw this take place, I got up off the ground and thought, ‘Ok, now I’m back in the mix. jumped on top of the cage. as I jumped on top of the cage, his brother came sprinting across the cage and jumped on top of the cage also, to climb in and help him join the fight. I seen him there and it was like a Christmas present. He was right there and I just smacked him in the eye socket and we started fighting on top of the cage. It got broken up. we ended up in the cage then and he was trying to get passed the security and I was just kind of watching everything.”
The Irishman went on to detail Khabib’s teammates attacking him from behind.
“They came right over my back. The first one, the Chechen man, ran in front of me and went over to the brother that got smacked and was like, ‘What happened?’ I don’t know what he was saying. Then he turned back and saw me, but I had already saw him. As he turned back—BOOM—I smacked him, he wobbled. As I smacked him and rocked him, another one jumped in from over the back and he sly hooked me from the side, I covered up and that got separated.
And then the final one was the original brother who was on top of the cage. He broke free from the security, ran at a hundred miles an hour towards me. He threw a right hand. as he threw the right hand I threw a left hand—BOOM. There’s an image, an aerial image, of the right hand whipping by my face and then my left hand landing flush down the pipe—the final blow of the night.”
The near hour-long interview was very revealing. It bore witness to a Conor McGregor who seems more motivated, and mature. Hopefully, that will translate in a return to action soon.