CONOR McGREGOR was well behind on the judges’ scorecards and needed a stoppage before he tapped out.
Reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov secured a rear-naked choke in the fourth round to secure victory.
And it has emerged the Russian, 30, was in a dominant position after taking the first two rounds – the second 10-8 – before McGregor won the third.
Notorious, 30, could not handle his unbeaten rival, who retained his UFC lightweight title.
The match will be most remembered for the ugly scenes afterwards as Khabib launched himself at the Irishman’s team after jumping out of the Octagon.
McGregor meanwhile was also involved in a scrap as his opponent’s entourage confronted him.
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UFC president Dana White confirmed: “Khabib jumped over the cage to go after one of Conor’s guys who was talking trash about him.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m just disgusted. [Conor is] OK. He’s upset about the fight but not about that.
“Three of [Khabib’s] guys have been arrested, they are on their way to jail.
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“What happens here is three guys have been arrested and there will charges filed against them I’m sure.
“These guys may never get a visa to get back in the country. There are a lot of repercussions.”
Disconsolate Dana White says it’s been a bad night for MMA after Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped into the crowd after beating Conor McGregor at UFC229