On a night that was set up as the biggest night in UFC history, things sure took a turn for the worse. If you don't know by this point, Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor via the rear naked choke in the fourth round. He then proceeded to jump out of the ring to essentially flying judo kick one of Conor's guys.
Obviously that's a big issue and deserves to be talked about, but boy has it ever taken away from the dominating performance that Khabib put forth.
Yesterday I said that if Khabib was going to win this fight then he would do it on the ground, picking apart McGregor and not giving him a chance to use that deadly left hand. That was exactly what he did last night.
They spent a large portion of the fight locked up, effectively neutralizing Conor's punching power and playing into Khabib's strengths. There wasn't a moment in this fight where you thought Conor could come out of it with a win.
The most surprising moment for me came early in the second round when Khabib stunned Conor with a deadly right hook that dropped the Irishman. When Khabib starts beating Conor at his own game, you know he's in for a rough night.
Now I'm not gonna be naive enough to say that there won't be a rematch (because we all know money talks in this world), but if I had a say there wouldn't be one. There's no reason to watch a few more rounds of McGregor being dominated just because he's a proud man.
If this fight proved anything, it's the fact that Khabib Nurmagomedov may be the new King of the UFC and Conor McGregor has been dethroned.
It's time for a new wave of superstars in the UFC