It's fair to say Al Iaquinta played a much more prominent role than was expected at UFC 223.
The 30-year-old stepped in to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov following the withdrawals of both Tony Ferguson and Max Holloway and ultimately, the risk didn't pay off as the Russian was named lightweight champion.
While the title fight was relatively straightforward - Khabib won via a one-sided unanimous decision - the build-up to the event had been anything but easy.
At the media day, which took place in the Barclays Centre in New York, Conor McGregor's crazed attack on the champion-to-be's bus eventually saw him charged with assault and criminal mischief.
Within a matter of days, the UFC company had released footage of the incident, perhaps to show how genuinely angry the Irishman was and allay conspiracy theories that it had all been a publicity stunt.
The Notorious was targeting Nurmagomedov because of his altercation with Artem Lobov, but in fact, the coach's occupants were not cowering as he might have intended.
Instead, Iaquinta has now released new footage, shot on his phone, that shows himself in high spirits.
Iaquinta wasn't scared
Alongisde the video, he posted the caption: "It was at this moment We realized we weren’t getting shot up by terrorists and it was all a funny game" - so, it seems he wasn't too shocked by McGregor's behaviour.
Check it out below:
Amid one fighter confirming "it's Conor's guys", it sounds like Nurmagomedov is trying to reassure the other passengers, saying "it's OK, it's OK".
The last thing McGregor would want to hear is that his actions, for which he still doesn't know the true consequences, had little to no effect, except landing himself in big trouble.
That's not strictly true, of course, as a number of the injured fighters were understandably alarmed.
Khabib responded calmly
As it was Nurmagomedov he was aiming for, though, he doesn't seem to have shaken him. Instead, the 29-year-old pointed out that his rival should have come onto the bus if he was serious about confronting him.
"I am laughing inside. You broke window? Why? Come inside," he hit back.
"You know UFC don't let you come inside. If you real gangster why don't you come inside?
"This is big history gangster place. Brooklyn. You want to talk to me? Send me location. We have to talk? I am gonna come, no problem. I grew up like this. I don't grow up throwing chairs at window. This is not my bus."
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