UFC President Dana White Reacted To Brawl that Erupted After Khabib’s Fourth-Round Submission Win Over Conor McGregor
During the build of UFC 229 former two-division Champion, Conor Mcgregor and current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov fired shots on each other on social media, had heated press conference, attacks on family and religion. Last night Khabib settled the business after submitting McGregor via neck crank in the fourth round to retain the title.
Literally seconds after the Khabib wins, he leaped over the fence and started a brawl with Mcgregor’s teammate and coach Dillon Danis. Khabib’s teammate jumped inside the Octagon and sucker punched dazed Mcgregor. Police escorted out both camps multiple teammates from the venue with security.
Also both fighters Mcgregor and Khabib were escorted out of the Octagon to backstage, then later UFC announcer Bruce Buffer announced: Russian as the winner. Dana White didn’t put the belt on Khabib after the big win.
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“A lot of bad stuff that shouldn’t have happened,” White said of the brawl. “Khabib jumped over the cage going after one of Conor’s guys, who I guess was talking trash to him, and all hell broke loose. I don’t even know what to say right now. I’m just disgusted and sick over it.”
White explained why he didn’t put the belt on Khabib. White feared that fans threw trash and other stuff at him as he leaves the arena.
“I knew that was gonna happen,” he said. “I said, ‘If we put the belt on him in the Octagon, they’re gonna be throwing whatever they got down into the Octagon. So I said, ‘Let’s just try to get him out of here without any incident.’”
White didn’t expect the Khabib vs. McGregor bad blood to end after UFC 229 showdown; head honcho said he’s eventually surprised by after fight brawl.
“They both made it very clear the rivalry would not be over after the fight,” White said. “I didn’t see Khabib jumping over the Octagon — I didn’t see that coming. We had so much security and metro here and everything. I didn’t see that one coming.”
White also said Mcgregor is ok just upset over how the fight went, not what happened after the match was over.
“I just talked to [McGregor], I just met with him and he’s OK,” White said. “He’s upset about the fight — not about the fight after the fight.”
White said Khabib’s three teammates have been arrested and there could be a possibility that Eagle and his camp may not get the visa in future.
Dana White said police released the Khabib teammates as Mcgregor refuse to do press charges against them.
Conor was one of the guys who was attacked,” White said. “Conor refused to press charges. The guys that they did have, they’ve released. There were three guys from Khabib’s team arrested — I think they were from Khabib’s team, I don’t know — and they were released because Conor didn’t want to press charges.”
Also said the guy who jumped inside the Octagon and attacked Mcgregor will never fight in UFC again.
“They’ll never fight here.”