Khabib Nurmagomedov destroyed McGregor, forcing him to tap out in the fourth round.
The Russian dropped McGregor early in the third, before frequently taking the fight to the ground in order to utilise his superior grappling skills.
In the final sequence of the fight, Khabib was able to take McGregor’s back, and submitted him with a rear-naked choke.
It was the same move that McGregor succumbed to in his only other UFC defeat, against Nate Diaz.
What followed was a rather ugly brawl in the front rows of the arena, whilst McGregor was attacked by members of Khabib’s team inside the octagon.
According to Hardy, the brawl would not have broken out if the fight was more competitive.
He made the comments on the BBC MMA Show, which he appeared on just two hours after the conclusion of the main event.
McGregor was defeated by Nurmagomedov in the fourth round (Image: GETTY)
McGregor tapped out after being forced into a rear-naked choke (Image: GETTY)“This was Khabib defending his title, and then looking outside for someone else, that’s why this is more severe than normal, because it involved someone outside of the octagon,” Hardy explained.
“The amount of anger and animosity he had to live with through fight week almost came out during the press-conference as he was cutting weight, he responded to the fans, he left early, it was creeping to the surface.
“Then he showed that hardened exterior at the weigh-ins again.
“I feel like, if it was a tougher fight and Khabib had have been hurt, he ran through Conor and there was no closure there.
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Hardy’s colleague, Nick Peety, echoed his statements, and declared that the fight went exactly as Khabib would have wanted it to.
“He was a dominant victor, but Khabib didn’t feel like he had been in a fight, he won it the easy way, I think he wanted to win it the hard way,” he said.
“He hadn’t expected it to happen, so when he runs through Conor and made him quit, all that built-up pressure and animosity he had inside him, he’s still got to let that go.
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“That shows how unprofessional he is.
“I was so impressed with him at the weigh-ins and the press conference, how he left after 15 minutes and didn’t wait for Conor, that was so impressive.
“That performance in the octagon was outrageous, he should be a superstar right now, we should be talking about what a star he is, saying the pound-for-pound best fighter is Khabib, no ifs, no buts, he handled the pressure magnificently, but he let himself down.”