The main event of UFC 229 erupted into a violent skirmish moments after Conor McGregor was mauled into submission by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Russian battered McGregor over four rounds before eventually locking in a rear naked choke hold from which there could be no escape. McGregor tapped out after 3:03 of Round 4, allowing Nurmagomedov to retain his UFC lightweight championship belt.
Within moments of the end, Nurmagomedov sprinted towards the side of the octagon where McGregor’s team was sitting and hurled his mouth-guard in their direction. Then, appearing to point towards McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, he leaped over the top of the cage and jumped into the group.
Chaos ensued, with security struggling to gain control of the fracas, especially when another fight broke out in the octagon itself moments later. Finally, the parties were separated and restrained, but not before further ugly scenes, and Nurmagomedov was announced as the winner. However, as he was escorted out of the area, he was not presented with his belt inside the octagon.
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“(McGregor’s team) were taunting Khabib and Khabib just said ‘(expletive) you’ and jumped over the fence and attacked them,” commentator Joe Rogan said.
TV footage clearly showed two men jumping over the fence and into the octagon, the first of which confronted and engaged with McGregor while the second came from behind and launched several punches at McGregor’s head.
— marcuspro (@marcuspro) October 7, 2018
Hey guys, two wrongs don’t make it right. Conor didn’t deserve that. No one did. But some things aren’t for fight promotion. Religion, family, country. Throwing stuff in Brooklyn. For Khabib it wasn’t fight promotion, it was really personal. Diff culture man. Sucks
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 7, 2018
Nurmagomedov’s coach Javier Mendez told USA TODAY Sports that Dillon Danis, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert who is part of McGregor’s camp, “was insulting” Nurmagomedov immediately before he hopped over the fence toward McGregor’s crew.
“Dillon set him off, I guess,” Mendez said in a text message.
Nurmagomedov was questioned by security from UFC and MGM — which runs T-Mobile Arena — after the fight. Rizvan Magomedov, a manager for Nurmagomedov, was detained by Las Vegas police, according to Mendez.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Martin Rogers