Michael Bisping Says Conor Gave Up Because The Choke Wasn’t Even Under The Chin
On Saturday night (Oct 6, 2018) from T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his first 155lbs title defense after mauling power punching Irishman in the fourth round via neck crank. He then leaped the cage and attacked McGregor’s teammate and jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis that sparked riots. Then all hell broke loose as a near riot broke out, members from both camps swinging on each other.
The post-fight chaos has gained so much of the limelight, but the defeat will rankle McGregor for a while yet. Returning to sports after two years of hiatus, with all the training and preparations, he escaped and repelled many takedowns but beaten in a fashion that many MMA analysis, fighters, and fans predicted.
With all the rounds, Mcgregor found some success in the third round, but by the fourth round he seemed gassed out. Khabib scored a takedown and started working his way to back mount where he was able to hold a fight ending rear-naked choke, that made Irishman to tapped out.
Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping who works as an analyst for the UFC on FOX crew breaks down the main event between Mcgregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. (H/T MMAMania)
“Look, what happened towards the end is that Conor gave up, because the choke wasn’t even under the chin; it wasn’t on the neck,” Bisping said. “But it’s easy to sit here and say he gave up. When you’re tired and when you’ve been pounded for four rounds. Let’s not forget that, in that second round, Khabib put it on him bad. When you get to round four, the choke doesn’t need to be perfect, the technique doesn’t need to be perfect. It sucks.”
Mcgregor’s now 21-4, with all four losses in his professional record came by way of submission. That was Irishman’s first loss since March 2016 when Nate Diaz beat him. Four months later McGregor avenges the loss to Diaz before scoring the UFC lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
Khabib stretched his storied career record to 27-0. He now awaits punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for an embarrassing post-fight brawl.
Do you agree with Michael Bisping that Mcgregor gave up?