Conor McGregor planning Dublin rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov after UFC 229 chaos

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Considering the history between the two fighters, it was surprising to see the buildup to the fight lacking any major controversy.

Nurmagomedov (27-0), after defeating McGregor in the fourth round by rear-naked chokehold in a dominant exhibition of his wrestling skill, was hardly contrite in a brief news-conference appearance.

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UFC president Dana White implemented a later start time when Michael Bisping fought in Manchester, delaying the fight to 3am. "Even when the UFC pulled me from the main event in Dublin, even the comments they were making then - like there's always digs thrown in here or there, it's, kind of, like SBG against everyone", he added. He urged the critics to rather focus on how McGregor has been disrespectful towards him in the recent past.

"What about he talked about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father?" Worry about this. Worry about this sh*t. "Guys, you can not talk about this stuff and, for me, this is very important".

"This is a respectful sport, not a trash-talking sport".

After deservedly clinching the bragging rights, the undefeated star even went on to call McGregor a "tap machine". "You can not talk about religion, you can not talk about nation". The episode worsened when an unidentified associate of Nurmagomedov jumped into the cage and struck McGregor with two sucker punches to the back of the head.

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