UFC 229 was a night of remarkable events in mixed martial arts.
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Khabib Vs McGregor
In case you’re living under the rocks, Khabib spoiled McGregor’s highly-awaited Octagon return at UFC 229 in Las Vegas last October. What made it a more memorable night was the brawl that took place just after the phenomenal tap out.
‘The Eagle’ went ballistic and jumped over the cage to attack Conor’s teammate Dillon Danis who’s allegedly mocking him mid-fight. Of course, most of us are aware of that.
However, the undefeated lightweight champ just revealed his rationale behind the assault and it’s far from all of those previous assumptions. Three months after the UFC went gaga over the ugly fracas, Khabib says Danis was his best choice for revenge.
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Dislikes The Whole Team
In a recent interview with Submission Radio, the Russian champion denied claims that he was being mocked mid-fight. In fact, he’s been calculating the move and said it was Danis who can match him most.
“No, I didn’t hear him, you know. I jumped on him because other corner is too old; because Conor’s other corner, coaches are too old, and that’s why I jumped on [Danis] because he’s almost like my age.”
“If I jumped on [John] Kavanagh, I don’t think it’s too… Cause Kavanagh can’t fight me. That’s why I jumped on [Danis]. But when I fight, I didn’t hear him, it was too loud. But I don’t like his whole team.”
“I have a choice what I’m gonna do, but all other old coaches were too old for me. They cannot fight with me. They’re almost like my father’s age. That’s why I jump on him.”
Meant A Lot
Continuing, the Eagle shared his game plan for mission McGregor during the headlining match of UFC 229. Khabib thinks tapping a rival out is the best type of victory a mixed martial artist can do inside the cage.
“I’m looking for punishment, first of all. I wanted to make him tired. It’s very good when he tapped. It meant a lot for me [when he] tapped.
“This is much better than a knockout. If you knock him out, like, if I knocked him out in the second round, you go down, but people gonna talk about, oh, it’s luck, you know. But what about if you smash him all four rounds and he taps? It’s finished there. No more.”
“I don’t think he ever wants to compete with me [again]. Because he felt everything. [He] felt my mental, he felt my control, my striking and all that, and he tapped too.”
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