UFC 254 free fight: Khabib Nurmagomedov taps out Conor McGregor
In a lead-up that turned ugly, lightweight champion Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) defended his title against former featherweight and lightweight champ McGregor in the UFC 229 main event in what resulted in the highest selling pay-per-view in UFC history.
McGregor showed a good early sign when he stuffed Nurmagomedov’s first takedown attempt, but Nurmagomedov was able to impose his will, eventually landing a takedown and controlling the rest of the round.
In Round 2, Nurmagomedov was able to get McGregor back down to the mat and inflicted damage with ground and pound. But in Round 3, McGregor became the first man to win a round against Nurmagomedov and was able to keep the full five minutes on the feet.
Just when it looked like the momentum was shifting, Nurmagomedov took McGregor down again in Round 4 and put the finishing touches with a neck crank that forced McGregor to tap.
Nurmagomedov returns Oct. 24 when he takes on interim lightweight champ Justin Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the UFC 254 main event at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Before he faces Gaethje, relive Nurmagomedov’s finish of McGregor in the video above.