Fighting out of Dagestan, Russia, Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, is still the UFC Lightweight Champion. He successfully defended his belt from former champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor, 30, of Dublin, Ireland.
On October 6, 2018, Nurmagomedov and McGregor headlined “UFC 229” at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States. It was the Dagestani mixed martial arts superfighter’s first title defense.
Referee Herb Dean put a stop to the superbout between Nurmagomedov and McGregor at 3:06 of Round 4. The Dagestani defending champion submitted his Irish challenger via rear-naked choke.
Losing to Nurmagomedov at “UFC 229” downgraded McGregor’s professional MMA record to 21 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, the Dagestani champion is still an undefeated fighter with 27 wins.
McGregor was crowned the UFC Lightweight Champion on November 12, 2016 and Tony “El Cucy” Ferguson, 34, of Oxnard, California, United States became the UFC Interim Lightweight Champion on October 7, 2017. On April 7, 2018, both of them were stripped of their titles due to inactivity and injury, respectively.
Ferguson competed against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States in the co-main event of “UFC 229.” The former won via technical knockout via corner stoppage in the second round.
Meanwhile, watch the “UFC 229” weigh-in here: