But when Nurmagomedov promptly hurdled over the cage and fought with McGregor's taunting cornermen while his own teammates ambushed McGregor in the octagon, the Russian champion and his friends might have seriously damaged careers that were just about to take off.
The Ireland hero had little choice but to tap out - but Khabib's victory was marred by the violent scenes that followed.
According to former UFC title contender Dan Hardy, Khabib "has to be suspended" and stripped of his belt for the chaos that ensued following his win over McGregor at UFC 229.
De La Hoya's account seemed to blame McGregor fans for the incident, which was caused when Khabib targetted Dillon Danis in the crowd.
"We had so many police here, I don't even know if the city was safe tonight", White cracked.
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Manning finished 22 of 36 for 326 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, both by Panthers 37-year-old safety Mike Adams. But he dropped to his right knee as the national anthem began playing before the Panthers' game against the New York Giants .
"I do not understand how people can talk about 'I jumped from the cage, '" Khabib said. However, speculation has already begun to mount over a potential rematch as the Irishman took to twitter with a simple message.
Apparent fans of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor got into a confrontation with police on October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This is not the way we want to celebrate such a dominant performance but when you talk about people's country, family and religion and intentionally try to kill someone like he said and the cornermen running their mouths after, this is the fight game and s*** happens. He come to Brooklyn and he broke bus. "Khabib dominated the fight, won the fight by submission. Looking forward to the rematch".
De La Hoya wrote: "My account was hacked, I just want to make you aware that this was not me".
"I promise you this is not what a mixed martial arts event is normally like", White said. "His actions nearly led to a full scale arena riot".