Mike Tyson: Khabib v McGregor brawl WORSE than my fight riot!
Former undisputed heavyweight champion ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson aired his views following ugly scenes in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Part-time boxer and UFC star Conor McGregor made his return to the Octagon at T-Mobile Arena after his one and only boxing bout.
The Irishman lost to ex-pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather in August 2017 and immediately aimed to win back his UFC strap.
Standing in his way was Khabib Nurmagomedov. A grappling and submission expert who took the vacant championship in McGregor’s absence.
With an unbelievable undefeated record to defend, Khabib began the pre-fight favorite. At times, he proved his steel by trading blow-for-blow with McGregor in the centre of the ring.
The takedowns, superbly timed at intervals during each round, ultimately told and took the wind out of McGregor’s sails.
McGregor was near exhausted into the fourth stanza. Khabib capitalized to pin him to the canvas and hit the rear naked choke at UFC 229.
That wasn’t the full story though. After making McGregor tap, Khabib’s emotions from an insulting build-up by ‘The Notorious’ came flooding out.
Clearly irate, Khabib threw his gumshield out and began taunting members of McGregor’s team. The Russian then jumped out of the ring and proceeded to attack a member of the crowd.
Whilst inside the octagon, McGregor was involved in a brawl and took a flush sucker-punch to the chin for his trouble.
The blow was attributed to one of Khabib’s team and Vegas security almost lost control of the situation.
Luckily, Dana White and officials managed to get things calmed down as a cool McGregor was led away first and Khabib soon after.
Tyson then made his comment as the fighting world recovered from what they just witnessed.
“Watching the (Conor McGregor v Khabib) fight. Unimaginable never thought it would go down like this. Crazier than my fight riot,” said Tyson.
Never one to shy away from trouble in his heyday, Tyson wasn’t known as ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ for nothing.
As for Khabib, the shine was well and truly taken off his career-best triumph and the lightweight ruler now faces tough action from the UFC and Nevada Commission.
White stated in the aftermath that arrests had been made by Nevada Police.
McGregor, on the other hand, has already made it clear he wants a rematch.