UFC 229

UFC 229: Nurmagomedov taps McGregor, then loses cool in wild aftermath

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0-0) successfully defended his lightweight belt last night with a convincing fourth round submission victory over former champion Conor McGregor (21-4-0) in the main event of UFC 229 last night.

But then, almost everyone lost their cool after a brawl ensued, prompting the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to promise a thorough investigation.

Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis secured Fight of the Night, while Derrick Lewis and Aspen Ladd earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

RYAN LAFLARE VS. TONY MARTIN 

WINNER: TONY MARTIN VIA TKO (HEAD KICK AND PUNCHES) R3 1:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RYAN LAFLARE VIA UD 

Andrews: The action picked up late and Martin turned on the head kick that put LaFlare away. Good win.

GRAY MAYNARD VS. NIK LENTZ 

WINNER: NIK LENTZ VIA TKO (HEAD KICK AND PUNCHES) R2 1:19

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NIK LENTZ VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Yep, Maynard got caught. Great finish by Lentz.

#12 LINA LANSBERG VS. YANA KUNITSKAYA 

WINNER: YANA KUNITSKAYA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: YANA KUNITSKAYA VIA UD

Andrews: Typical Yana win. Solid, but nothing particularly impressive.

TSN 5 PRELIMS

SCOTT HOLTMAN VS. ALAN PATRICK 

WINNER: SCOTT HOLTMAN VIA TKO R3 3:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALAN PATRICK VIA TKO

Andrews: Patrick was on his way, but got sloppy and Holtman capitalized. Good win.

#9 ASPEN LADD VS. TONYA EVINGER 

WINNER: ASPEN LADD VIA TKO R1 3:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TONYA EVINGER VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! I guess the Cyborg beating took a lot of the starch out of Evinger. Never saw her get dominated at 135 like that. Great win for Ladd.

VINCENTE LUQUE VS. JALIN TURNER 

WINNER: VINCENTE LUQUE VIA TKO  R1 3:52

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VINCENTE LUQUE VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Luque took everything Turner cold throw and returned with some extra. Impressive.

SERGIO PETTIS VS. JUSSIER FORMIGA 

WINNER: JUSSIER FORMIGA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SERGIO PETTIS VIA UD

Andrews: The experience of Formiga was too much. Good win for Jussier.

MAIN CARD 

#8 MICHELLE WATERSON VS. #9 FELICE HERRIG

WINNER: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA UD (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FELICE HERRIG VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: I was surprised how Waterson controlled the fight with her striking. Herrig couldn’t get much of anything going on the ground. Good win.

#2 DERRICK LEWIS VS. #5 ALEXANDER VOLKOV 

WINNER: DERRICK LEWIS VIA TKO (STRIKES) R3 4:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXANDER VOLKOV VIA UD

Andrews: Lewis was losing the fight, but caught Volkov with a big right hand with 11 seconds to spare. Lucky?

#7 OVINCE ST. PREUX VS. #12 DOMINICK REYES 

WINNER: DOMINICK REYES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: OVINCE ST. PREUX VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: OSP got outstruck, plain and simple. Excellent win for Reyes, should have been a finish.

#2 TONY FERGUSON VS. #8 ANTHONY PETTIS 

WINNER: TONY FERGUSON VIA TKO (CORNER STOPPAGE) R2 5:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TONY FERGUSON VIA UD

Andrews: Pettis was right in it until the broken hand forced the stoppage. Great fight and performances by both fighters.

MAIN EVENT 

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VS. CONOR MCGREGOR 

WINNER: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VIA SUBMISSION (REAR NAKED CHOKE)  R4 3:03 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VIA UD

Andrews: The fight went pretty much as expected except Khabib outstruck Conor as well. It’s clear Conor could have used a tune up fight as he was rusty in the cage. And yet he was competitive with a real killer. Khabib did very good, but professional fighters keep their cool. Both fighters and camps need to learn that lesson.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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