Unfortunately, UFC 229 was marred by the chaotic scenes in the aftermath of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s victory over Conor McGregor.
Nurmagomedov attacked Dillon Danis, McGregor’s ju-jutsu training partner, after jumping out of the octagon in the moments following his win.
A brawl ensued inside the arena, while a member of Nurmagomedov’s team jumped inside the octagon and punched McGregor.
“A lot of bad stuff that shouldn’t have happened,” UFC president Dana White told reporters after the event.
“All hell broke loose. I don’t even know what to say right now. I’m just disgusted and sick over it.”
Nurmagomedov, furious with McGregor’s trash talking in the build-up to the fight, apologised for sparking the mass brawl in a press conference.
“First of all I want to say sorry to athletic commission and Las Vegas, this is not my best side, I am a human being,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
But he added: “He talked about my religion, country, father. Why are people talking about me jumping over a cage?”
Three of Nurmagomedov’s team were arrested for their part in the melee but McGregor has opted against pressing charges.
The reputation of both fighters and the sport of UFC in general, however, have been tarnished by this unsavoury episode.
It’s all a far cry from 2014, when McGregor and Nurmagomedov appeared to be on much more friendlier terms.
In another tweet from the same year, McGregor even offered Khabib the chance to train together in Las Vegas.
Four years is clearly a lifetime in UFC.
It’s a real shame how two fighters that once respected each other have allowed things to get so out of hand.
Neither fighter comes away from the bout looking good - and a rematch between the two, you suspect, would only lead to further trouble.