Conor McGregor said Nurmagomedov “cowered” and “scurried” away when he jumped the cage to kick Danis, allowing him another round of sorts to get even.
“He was trying to just hide away when he jumped in, so he didn’t really do anything,” McGregor said. “But I saw this take place, I got up off the ground and said, ‘OK, now I’m back in the mix’ (and) jumped on top of the cage.
“As I jumped on top of the cage, his brother came sprinting across and jumped up on top of the cage … to climb in and help him and join the fight. I seen him there. It was like a Christmas present.”
A left hand was the first blow McGregor landed on Abubakar. The former landed several punches while the latter took one. McGregor celebrated the latter while expressing wonder at the disadvantage he briefly faced.
“I am very self-defense minded through growing up,” McGregor said. “I know where my entrances and my exits are. I’m very aware of my surroundings. So when the fight was breaking out, and I knew there was people in and out, there were a lot of rogue people that I wasn’t aware who was with who, who was with him, who’s with security.
“So I backed myself up against the cage wall, where I thought I was good. And what happened was, two of his teammates ran and jumped over, right behind me. And for me, with my mindset, it was fascinating for me to watch that back, because I got to a safe place. I was good. I got to a place where I was aware, and I could see any incoming threats and deal with it. They came right over my back, right over my back.”
McGregor, the final blow to Abubakar immediately transformed the night’s official result.
“As he threw that right hand, I threw a left hand,” McGregor said. “Boom! There’s an image, an aerial image, of the right hand just whipping by my face and my left hand just landing flush down the pipe! The final blow of the night! So that’s it. I win.”