A 12 months after beating Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov caught up with referee Herb Dean and jokingly requested him how a lot he was paid to let Conor McGregor cheat throughout their grudge UFC 229 grudge match.
The Russian, who has since retired from combating, retained his UFC light-weight title on the T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas with a neck crank submission in 2018.
It was an disagreeable build-up to the struggle in Sin City, which ended with an enormous brawl inside the world – sparked by Khabib leaping over the cage to struggle with members of McGregor’s crew – and noticed each males obtain hefty fines and suspensions.
McGregor was soundly overwhelmed on the night time, regardless of taking a spherical away from ‘The Eagle’, with eagle-eyed followers noticing a number of infractions.
In addition to grabbing the fence on a number of events, McGregor tried to land unlawful ’12-6’ elbows on his opponent and stalled a Khabib takedown within the third spherical with a glove hook.
The actual fact he received made joking with Dean in regards to the struggle after they caught up at a UFC occasion in 2019 simpler to giggle about as evidenced by the brief video, which appeared on social media on the weekend.
In it, Khabib, his coach Javier Mendez and his late father, Abdulmanap, who died in July final 12 months, tease the revered official.
He says to Mendez, who’s holding the digicam: “Coach, how a lot do you suppose they paid him?”
His coach replies: “I don’t know; Herb, how a lot?” To which Dean responds: “I used to be making an attempt to do a great job,”
Mendez continues: “Had been you well-compensated, although?”
“That’s the factor; I’ve by no means been well-compensated,” Dean replied, laughing as all of them reminisced.
Earlier than asserting his retirement in October final 12 months, Khabib cemented his repute as the most effective light-weight of all time and one of many biggest to ever set foot within the octagon.
He submitted each Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje in Abu Dhabi earlier than reaffirming his determination to stroll away from the game with knowledgeable report of 29-0.
Regardless of UFC boss Dana White’s greatest makes an attempt, he was unable to persuade the 32-year-old to return to the game after watching McGregor endure a knockout defeat to Poirier and successfully finish any probability of a rematch.