Conor McGregor cheating during the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor’s Cheating During the Fight With Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor lost the fight to Khabib Nurmagomedov in the 4th round by a neck crank. Despite the result and Khabib’s domination over McGregor, we would like to point out Conor McGregor’s cheating and illegal moves which he made throughout the fight.

First of all, McGregor was grabbing and putting his thumb inside Khabib’s gloves multiple times. Khabib was furious about it and even said to the ref Herb Dean “three times he do it, three times”. There were no actions from the ref and Conor McGregor never got a warning.

Conor McGregor grabbed Khabib's gloves multiple times throughout the fight

Throughout the fight, he also grabbed the wire of the cage twice with hands and once with toes. It helped him make it until the end of the 2nd round when Khabib had him on the ground.

Conor McGregor's cheating vs Khabib - he was pushing with his toes against the cage

Conor McGregor’s toes are pushing against the cage in the 2nd round to release some pressure from Khabib’s body weight.

On this screenshot, you can see how the referee physically took McGregor’s foot off the fence and allowed the grapple to continue without giving a warning.

Referee physically took McGregor's foot of the cage

Another illegal move from McGregor was a knee to Khabibs head when they were grappling on the ground.

McGregor's illegal knee on the ground against Khabib Nurmagomedov

This illegal knee was the dirtiest move from Conor McGregor during the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Luckily, it wasn’t a game changer. Surprisingly, there was no reaction from Herb Dean.

If Conor McGregor didn’t cheat against Khabib, the fight would have probably ended in the second round.

Obviously, in the end, it didn’t really matter as Khabib was still managed to win the fight. But that’s not the point – the point is that referee Herb Dean was clearly helping by ignoring some obvious fouls on Conor McGregor’s part and gave him a chance to survive (and who knows maybe win). McGregor didn’t get any points deduction for breaking the rules multiple times and it’s something to keep an eye on in the future.

The rules are made for a reason and why do we need a referee out there if they are typically ignoring some very obvious fouls?

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