But for all the things Nurmagomedov said McGregor shouldn't have done, no fighter can jump out of the octagon to attack someone without harsh repercussions.
McGregor's prefight trash talk had attacked Nurmagomedov with disparaging references on everything from his Dagestan heritage to his family, including calling the lightweight champion's father a "quivering coward". Many believed that with a win he could be matched with either McGregor or Nurmagomedov. Shortly after UFC 229, McGregor tweeted, "Good knock". Once on Sunday, with the relatively harmless message, "Looking forward to the rematch".
Though trending data ahead of UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor pointed to 3-million-plus pay-per-view buys, UFC president Dana White admitted on Monday that it didn't live up to that magic mark.
The NSAC has launched a full investigation into the fight following Nurmagomedov's win over McGregor at T-Mobile Arena, and is now reviewing footage from the fight and interviewing those who were involved.
"That's what Conor has asked for".
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"[Nurmagomedov] has to go before the Nevada commission, and we have to see what's going to happen with Khabib and this whole mess", White said. [Former interim lightweight champion] Tony Ferguson looked wonderful.
"What Khabib did to himself tonight, he was set up. all the mean things that were said about him. he won the fight". White said Saturday if Nurmagomedov is out for an extended amount of time, the UFC would consider stripping him of his title. When you have such an awesome event that we've worked hard to build over the last several months and it goes ideal, I mean literally it was too eerie. "I love watching him fight".
"Khabib would certainly be a favourite in the re-match if there is one and there probably will be".
Nevada State Atheltic Commission are "lenient" on Khabib. "I am going to regard this severely". However, that would deprive him of an October 27 fight between Nurmagomedov's teammate Zubaira Tukhugov and Artem Lobov, one of McGregor's best friends.
He added that what happens in the ring should - quite literally - stay there: "You do whatever you want in the Octagon but outside this is the border of civilians where there are children, women and strangers".