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UFC 229 results: Khabib beats Conor McGregor, then post-fight brawl ensues

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UFC 229 results: Khabib beats Conor McGregor, then post-fight brawl ensues

Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight championship at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, but not without some post-match ugliness.

The San Jose-based fighter beat Conor McGregor in the fourth round via submission to retain the lightweight championship, and he jumped out of the cage immediately after the fight to attack the Irishman's corner. 

Nurmagomedov, a 30-year-old Russian, won the first round 10-9, dropping McGregor to the ground with a right-handed punch less than 30 seconds into the bout and controlling it from the start.

Khabib won the second round -- 10-8 -- but lost the third, and dropped a round for the first time in his career. 

In the fourth, Khabib got McGregor in a rear-naked choke, forcing the former two-belt UFC champion to tap out. Nurmagomedov, who trains out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, improved to 11-0 in the UFC and 27-0 overall in his professional career.

Khabib didn't immediately release McGregor from his rear-naked choke, which appeared to agitate the Irish star. Khabib then threw his mouthpiece at McGregor's corner and climbed out of the octagon to fight a member of the Irishman's corner -- as the bad blood between the fighters boiled over.

A member of Nurmagomedov's corner then seemingly tried to attack McGregor. 

UFC president Dana White wouldn't hand Nurmagomedov his championship belt in the octagon, for fear of causing additional chaos at T-Mobile Arena. White told reporters that three members of Nurmagomedov's team were arrested following the post-fight fracas, but he later said McGregor wouldn't press charges against them. 

There were other repercussions for Khabib, though.

Saturday marked McGregor's first UFC fight in nearly two years. He won the lightweight championship at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12, 2016, beating Eddie Alvarez in a second-round TKO. The win made McGregor the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two different weight classes.

McGregor didn't fight in the UFC last year, and instead boxed against Floyd Mayweather in a pay-per-view match in August. The UFC officially stripped McGregor of his lightweight title on April 7, days after McGregor attacked a bus that Nurmagomedov was on ahead of UFC 223. Two people were injured, and McGregor pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge disorderly conduct after he initially faced two felony chargers. 

Nurmagomedov won McGregor's old title at UFC 223, beating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision to take the lightweight championship. He entered the night a heavy favorite, as Las Vegas oddsmakers pegged him at minus-170 headed into the fight, according to Bovada. 

Daniel Cormier hopes to lift up Gilroy community with win at UFC 241

Daniel Cormier hopes to lift up Gilroy community with win at UFC 241

When Daniel Cormier enters the Octagon on Saturday to face Stipe Miocic in their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 241, he'll be fighting for more than just his chance to retain the heavyweight belt.

Cormier, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, also is the wrestling coach at Gilroy High School. Tragedy recently hit the Gilroy community when a gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, killing four people and wounding 13 others.

So Cormier not only will be fighting for the belt Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, but also to represent his community.

"With my attachment to the community, and being the guy that's probably -- you know I talk about all the fighters from the city, but I'm the guy at the forefront as the champion," Cormier told NBC Sports Bay Area. "The opportunity to represent the community on such a massive stage is a huge honor for me. It hasn't been long since the shooting happened, and to be in such a big spot and to carry the flag of the town of Gilroy means a ton to me. 

"People will be watching. They will be rooting and cheering. I know that on Saturday, I'm going to show and prove how strong people from Gilroy are and make them proud."

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Cormier defeated Miocic via first-round knockout at UFC 226 last July,

He hopes to lift a belt and a community Saturday with another victory over Miocic on Saturday.

Daniel Cormier offers advice to Conor McGregor after bar punch video

Daniel Cormier offers advice to Conor McGregor after bar punch video

The eyes of the UFC world are locked on UFC 241 and Daniel Cormier's rematch with Stipe Miocic.

Cormier vs. Miocic 2 will take place Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, but as is commonplace in UFC, Conor McGregor stole the spotlight Thursday.

TMZ published a video of McGregor punching an elderly man in the head at a Dublin bar back on April 6. 

McGregor reportedly was buying shots of his Proper 12 whiskey for the bar patrons, and the man refused twice, leading to the strike. 

As often happens when McGregor makes news, Cormier was asked about his reaction to the incident. Cormier, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, offered his support and some advice to the UFC megastar. 

"Part of me doesn't even want to watch it, you know," Cormier told NBC Sports Bay Area. "I don't want to see a kid in Conor, he just has the world at his fingertips -- if this is true, I think it's time for the people in his life that really love him and care for him to just sit him down and have a conversation. Again, there's been a number of occasions where things seem to be going in the wrong direction. Sit him down and just kind of reel him in.

"Conor is a great guy," Cormier continued. "I spent time with him, he's a really, really good guy. He just needs to remember, it's not just him anymore. It's his kids, his wife and a legion of people that look up to him."

UFC president Dana White told TMZ that a lot of people get punched in Irish bars all the time, but McGregor still can't go around punching people.

[RELATED: Cormier hopes to lift up Gilroy community with UFC 241 win]

There has been no legal action yet, and time will tell if the UFC and White take action.

As for Cormier, he beat Miocic via first-round knockout at UFC 226 last July and now hopes to defend his title in Anaheim.