Conor McGregor was defeated by Nurmagomedov in the fourth round when he was forced to submit.
But the drama didn’t end there as the Russian climbed out of the cage, sparking wild scenes which saw McGregor attacked by at least two of Nurmagomedov’s team.
The UFC have now released the list of medical suspensions for fighters competing on the UFC 229 card.
The night saw seven bouts ended by either knockout or TKO, with McGregor’s fight with Nurmagomedov the only one ending in submission.
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And the Irishman has received a one-month medical suspension, meaning he will not be allowed any contact until October 28.
Nurmagomedov didn’t receive any suspension, having sustained barely any damage from the main event.
An official line from the UFC report reads: ”Conor McGregor: Suspended until 6/11/18, no contact until 28/10/18.”
McGregor was making his return to mixed martial arts after a two-year hiatus in an event which was billed as the biggest in the UFC’s history.
Conor McGregor has been suspended by the UFC
Conor McGregor was forced to submit in the fourth round
Conor McGregor then watched on as Khabib jumped over the octagon
The duo’s camps clashed in Brooklyn in April in an incident which saw McGregor throw a dolly at the window of a bus containing several rival fighters, including Nurmagomedov.
The Russian retained his lightweight title with a career-best performance at T-Mobile Arena, but soured his night with his actions afterwards.
UFC president Dana White said afterwards: “I’ve been doing this for 18 years and I couldn’t be more disappointed.”
Nurmagomedov did express regret at what had unfolded but showed his disdain for McGregor’s behaviour leading up to the fight.
Conor McGregor was attacked by at least two members from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team
He said: “First of all I want to say sorry to Nevada Athletic Commission and second to Vegas. I know this is not my best side. I’m a human being.
“But I don’t understand how people can talk about how I jump on the cage. He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father.
“He came to Brooklyn and he broke a bus, he almost killed a couple of people. What about this s***? Why do people talk about me jumping over the cage? I don’t understand.
“This is a respectful sport, not a trash-talking sport. I want to change the game, you cannot talk about religion, about nationality.”
McGregor has not spoken publicly about the incident but has expressed his desire on social media for a rematch with Nurmagomedov, who now holds a perfect 27-0 record in his MMA career.
After saying he was “looking forward to the rematch” in a tweet on Sunday, the Irishman posted on Instagram the following day: “We lost the match but won the battle. The war goes on.”
The post was accompanied by a picture of McGregor sporting a black eye but looking relaxed holding a drink.
Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped into the crowd to attack Dillon Danis
Khabib Nurmagomedov didn’t receive any medical suspension
There were no arrests after the post-fight melee which followed Conor McGregor’s defeat at UFC 229 on Saturday night, Las Vegas Police have announced.
The 30-year-old tapped out midway through the fourth round against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, who then vaulted the cage and attacked someone from McGregor’s camp, while the Irishman was set upon by at least two men who entered the Octagon.
A statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday read: “LVMPD officers assisted with breaking up several small fights that took place after Saturday night’s UFC main event in Las Vegas. After all parties were separated, no one involved wished to press charges and no arrests occurred.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov was treated to a heroes welcome in his home country
FULL LIST OF MEDICAL SUSPENSIONS FROM UFC 229
Anthony Pettis: No contest until 5/4/19 or until nasal fracture is cleared by doctor.
Dominick Reyes: No contest until 5/4/19 or until injury to left leg is cleared by orthopedic doctor.
Jalin Turner: No contest until 5/4/19 or until nasal fracture is cleared by doctor; minimum suspension of no contest until 6/12/18, no contact until 21/11/18.
Scott Holtzman: No contest until 5/4/19 or until injuries to right hand and right foot are cleared by orthopedic doctor; minimum suspension of no contest until 21/11/18, no contact until 6/11/18.
Alan Patrick: No contest until 5/4/19 or until orbital injury is cleared by ENT doctor or ophthalmologist; minimum suspension of no contest until 6/12/18, no contact until 21/11/18.
Ovince Saint Preux: Suspended until 6/12/18, no contact until 21/11/18.
Conor McGregor will not be allowed any contact until October 28
Alexander Volkov: Suspended until 6/12/18, no contact until 21/11/18.
Tonya Evinger: Suspended until 21/11/18, no contact until 6/11/18.
Gray Maynard: Suspended until 21/11/18, no contact until 6/11/18 due to cut on left eyebrow.
Ryan LaFlare: Suspended until 21/11/18, no contact until 6/11/18 due to cut on left forehead.
Conor McGregor: Suspended until 6/11/18, no contact until 28/10/18.
Derrick Lewis: Suspended until 6/11/18, no contact until 28/10/18 due to tough fight.
Vicente Luque: Suspended until 6/11/18, no contact until 28/10/18.
What next for Conor McGregor?
Conor McGregor made a losing return to the UFC after tapping out to bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in their eagerly-anticipated showdown in Las Vegas.
The Irishman made his comeback after nearly two years away from the octagon but was thoroughly outclassed by Nurmagomedov, whose rear-naked choke forced a submission midway through the fourth round.
Nevertheless, McGregor remains a star attraction for the organisation and has several options open to him.
A post-fight melee instigated by Nurmagomedov may preclude an immediate rematch if the Nevada State Athletic Commission decides to come down hard on the lightweight champion.
McGregor is keen, though, tweeting on Sunday: “Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.”
Any return bout would likely be a lucrative affair for all concerned but the toxic nature of this weekend’s contest, and the events leading up to it, may halt the UFC in its tracks. The comprehensive nature of the unbeaten Russian’s win should be taken into account, too – does McGregor deserve another shot at the champion?
Conor McGregor could get a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov
If McGregor were to keep fighting in the UFC then this could be the most logical contest to make.
The pair have a mutual dislike of each other although not nearly as intense as the enmity shared between McGregor and Nurmagomedov. Ferguson has been itching for a fight with McGregor – or ‘McNuggets’ as he has taken to calling the Dubliner – and is ranked number two in the lightweight rankings, so he would be no easy night’s work.
However, McGregor would earn the right to another shot at Nurmagomedov if he were to take on and defeat Ferguson.
McGregor was said to have earned 100 million US dollars when he crossed over to boxing last year to take on Floyd Mayweather. He was stopped in the 10th round but fared better than many anticipated.
Mayweather took his record to 50-0 in that fight and insists he is retired, although the lure of another big pay day must be a tempting prospect for the man nicknamed ‘Money’.
Mayweather earlier this year teased a foray into mixed martial arts but he was most recently in the headlines for suggesting he is close to a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.
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Ahead of his bout against Nurmagomedov, McGregor was asked about potential future foes and the one surprise name on the list is arguably the greatest UFC fighter of all-time. The Brazilian ruled the middleweight division from 2006 to 2013 and at one point was on a 16-fight winning streak. However, the 43-year-old’s best days are well and truly behind him, with four losses in his last six bouts. The discrepancy in weight between the pair should kibosh any plans to match the fighters.
Possibly even more unlikely than facing off against Silva.
But it should be one of the options on the table for McGregor, who is financially set for life after backing up his nine-figure payday with another lucrative pay cheque to take on Nurmagomedov.
Why should he risk his long-term health in a sport that can cause irreversible damage? One reason – and he kept alluding to it all last week – he loves the fight game, meaning it is highly unlikely that we have seen McGregor in some form of combat sport.