There were awful scenes in the T-Mobile Arena as a huge brawl broke out following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s defeat of Conor McGregor.
Nurmagomedov gave arguably the best performance of his career and should have been a good way ahead on the scorecards when he got McGregor locked in a choke hold, forcing the McGregor to give in three minutes and four seconds into the second last round.
Khabib VS everybody #UFC #UFC229 pic.twitter.com/EQwiaE2sdX
— mystery . (@iiifd_) October 7, 2018
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— Rob Groves (@REGZY1) October 7, 2018
Nurmagomedov held on to his lightweight title but then hurled his gumshield, jumped on to the cage and appeared to attack someone from McGregor’s team.
McGregor was then apparently attacked by someone from Nurmagomedov’s team as the tensions that had been growing in anticipation of this fight came to a head.
UFC chief Dana White confirmed later that three people of Nurmagomedov’s team were apprehended and brought to jail but McGregor isn’t going to press charges. McGregor looked saddened by the defeat but did not seem to have any injuries by the attack as he left the cage to raucous cheers from a crowd mainly favouring the Irishman.
According to The Independent, McGregor wasn’t at the post-fight press conference but Nurmagomedov made a short appearance.
Nurmagomedov offered his apologies, “What’s up guys. I want to say sorry to the athletic commission, sorry to Vegas. This is not my best side, I’m a human being and I don’t know how people can talk about me jumping out the cage.
“What about him talking about my family, my religion, the bus? Why are people talking about me jumping over the cage? My father talks to me about respect.”
“They call him a two-time champion, two-weight world champion but he taps. People, the media change MMA. This is a respect sport, not a trash-talking sport. Guys, you cannot talk about religion. This stuff is important.”
“I know my father is going to smash me when I go home. Nevada, sorry, Vegas, sorry. Thank you so much, I am very proud. Putin just called me and told me he’s very proud of me, he said congratulations. I said everything was going to change on October 6th.”
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