A look back at UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov cranked up the pressure and Conor McGregor tapped out -- and that was just the start of the aggressions on Oct. 6. Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports

First there was the wait (for Conor McGregor). Then came the weight (of Khabib Nurmagomedov).

After nearly two full years without an MMA fight, McGregor returned to the Octagon on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas and got smothered by Nurmagomedov, who retained his UFC lightweight champion by fourth-round submission.

Then things got crazy, as Nuremagomedov leaped over the cage to attack one of McGregor's cornermen and some of Nurmagomedov's teammates entered the cage to attack McGregor. Mayhem ensued, and both fighters had to be escorted from the arena by security.

The UFC 229 matchup featured the biggest star in the sport's history against one of its most dominant fighters. Add in the fact they had bad blood from outside the Octagon, stemming from the bus attack incident in Brooklyn back in April, and you had what many considered the biggest fight in MMA history.

And ultimately one of its biggest black eyes.

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