The chaotic scenes in the aftermath of UFC 229 on Saturday evening have, unfortunately, tarnished the sport’s image and reputation.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has had his $2 million purse withheld and could be stripped of the lightweight title he deservedly retained by defeating Conor McGregor after jumping out of the octagon moments after his victory was confirmed.
The 30-year-old, who finished McGregor with a fourth-round submission win, attacked Dillon Danis - McGregor’s ju-jitsu partner - as all hell broke loose.
A brawl erupted just outside the octagon, while McGregor was punched by a member of Nurmagomedov’s team inside it.
Three members of Nurmagomedov’s team were arrested for their part in the melee, although McGregor has opted against pressing charges.
UFC president Dana White described himself as “disgusted and sick” after the incident, which has made headlines around the world. He also admitted that Nurmagomedov now faces being stripped of his title.
"The Nevada State Athletic Commission is going to go after him pretty hard,” he added. "He doesn’t have to worry about me, he has to worry about them.
"The Governor was here tonight and he went running out of the building. He’s in big trouble."
Nurmagomedov apologised for his conduct in a press conference but the Russian is bemused why more hasn’t been made of McGregor’s behaviour in the build-up to the fight.
“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 said, before adding: “He talked about my religion, country, father. Why are people talking about me jumping over a cage?”
Nurmagomedov’s dad tells it how it is
However, Nurmagomedov’s father has now come out and told it how it is.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is furious with his son for sparking the brawl inside the T-Mobile Arena and has promised to come down hard on the UFC star.
He also said that people outside of the octagon have the right to feel safe - and that his son’s behaviour put them in danger.
"You do whatever you want in the octagon but outside this is the border of civilians where there are children, women and strangers,” he continued.
"Over the octagon should be a peaceful existence."
Well said, Abdulmanap.
Khabib crossed the line when he jumped out of the octagon and took matters into his own hands.
His actions could have led to innocent spectators being injured - and he’s somewhat fortunate that nobody was seriously hurt.
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