Video: Khabib Nurmagomedov Starts Brawl with Conor McGregor's Camp After UFC 229

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06:  Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia points to Conor McGregor of Ireland corner in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)
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Khabib Nurmagomedov scored a career-defining win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, and then things went off the rails. 

After forcing McGregor to tap to a rear-naked choke in the fourth round of their bout, Nurmagomedov stormed towards his foe's corner and had words with members of his team, particularly McGregor's grappling coach (and Bellator MMA fighter) Dillon Danis. From there, Nurmagomedov hopped the fence and got physical with his team.

The UFC broadcast cut away from scenes of the melee, but fans in attendance snapped plenty of videos to show what happened.

Busted Coverage @bustedcoverage

Here comes Khabib! https://t.co/4rR8YF52HN

Busted Coverage got a great shot of the beginning, with Nurmagomedov jumping the cage and literally diving towards McGregor's crew, which led to some brief fisticuffs with Danis. From there, Nurmagomedov was dragged away by security (as captured by ESPN's Arash Markazi).

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The madness outside the Octagon following UFC 229. It looked like Khabib was coming after Conor’s corner and both sides had to be restrained by cops and security. https://t.co/tOHIWgTQb3

Things escalated from there, however, as McGregor (who was sitting in the cage watching things unfold) was jumped from behind by members of Nurmagomedov's team. According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, this resulted in three members of Nurmagomedov's team being arrested following the event.

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba

Dana White just said three people in Khabib's team have been arrested

Security and UFC officials swarmed the cage and surrounding area from there, with McGregor being escorted out. After an on-camera conversation with Dana White, Nurmagomedov was also sent out of the cage with a security detail as he had bottles and garbage thrown at him. After both men exited, the official decision was read by Bruce Buffer to a chorus of boos from the remaining fans.

ESPN @espn

Khabib exits the cage surrounded by security. #UFC229 https://t.co/ZbGB8ipKAn

The buildup to this fight was a particularly nasty one, including the infamous bus attack in April and a pair of ugly press conferences in the last month. While one can deflect some of the blame for this from Nurmagomedov, there's no denying that this puts a black mark on what should have been a star-making night for him.

Expect a fine and a potentially lengthy suspension to be leveled against him at some point in the near future.


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