A prone McGregor was then seemingly attacked by someone from Nurmagomedov's camp as the bad blood that has been building up ahead of this fight came to a head.
Should the Irishman face him and defeat him, that could even pave the way to earning a potential rematch with Nurmagomedov; should McGregor lose, it would make the calls for Ferguson vs Khabib near unstoppable. "The war goes on", he wrote.
Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor via submission in the fourth round of UFC 229 before the Russian fighter climbed out of the ring and attacked a member of McGregor's team on live television. Once on Sunday, with the relatively harmless message, "Looking forward to the rematch".More news: All Blacks come from behind to stun Springboks
"The Nevada Athletic Commission pulled footage from us and there's an investigation going on", UFC President Dana White said at a post-fight press conference, as transcribed by SB Nation's Bloody Elbow blog. Moments after McGregor submitted to a rear-naked choke, Nurmagomedov jumped the cage fence and went after McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis, inciting an all-out brawl.
McGregor also mentioned the name of former middleweight king Anderson Silva before his fight with Nurmagomedov - hailing him as a "legend" of the game and touting the notion that he would be interested in taking on the Brazilian.
"I will be very hard on this".
The most pressing issue for "The Eagle" is how heavily he is sanctioned for the carnage that unfolded at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night. There's going to be God knows what. And the same thing for the other guy. "I want to change the game, you can not talk about religion, about nationality". "But [McGregor] talked about my religion, my country, my father". McGregor's signature pre-fight trash-talk gab took on a more insidious nature, which clearly got to Nurmagomedov and exploded into violent chaos after the fight was supposed to be over.