I didn’t bother setting the alarm on Sunday morning in order to watch ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor’s fourth round submission at the hands of ‘The Eagle from Dagestan’ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Conor should have known it wasn’t going to end well in fairness. Rule number one of Fight Club may have been ‘Do not talk about Fight Club’ but I imagine ‘Do not fight a guy who has been videoed wrestling a bear’ wasn’t far behind on the list. Conor’s account balance, if he bothered to check it on Monday morning, will at least have offered some comfort.
As for the fight itself, McGregor, who had attempted to pick a fight with the rest of Dagestan and the entire Muslim world in the build-up, was firmly put in his place by the undefeated lightweight champion. The Dubliner will have perhaps been somewhat relieved that Khabib’s post-fight antics took the spotlight off what was a resounding defeat.
Khabib, who was forced to put up with some horrendous taunts at the pre-fight press events, celebrated with an Eric Cantona-like leap into the crowd in order to attack Conor’s crew, which included R ‘n’ B star, Drake. ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ probably came to mind as ‘The Eagle’ swooped.
Normally an ‘Irish’ defeat at a major ‘sporting event’ would have been disappointing enough, but alas, McGregor’s behaviour in the lead-up and the antics of some of his fans in the arena perhaps overshadowed his defeat by submission. There were videos doing the rounds on social media which showed tricolour-clad fans embarrassing themselves and making a mockery of our reputation as some of the best supporters in the world. Then again, recent videos from our fellow Gaels up north would suggest that maybe we’re not the happy-go-lucky Green Army we claim to be!
Rest assured though, it won’t take McGregor long to repair his bruised pride and face and he has in fact already taken to social media to hint at a rematch. It’s all about the numbers game with Dana White and the UFC, and while Conor’s rise to prominence had once been something to admire, I for one won’t be losing any sleep when his next fight is confirmed.