Members of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s entourage have been arrested after a crazy brawl following his win over Conor McGregor.
Chaos erupted after Khabib retained his UFC lightweight title with a submission victory over McGregor, with an all-in brawl breaking out after the bout.
The Russian ended McGregor’s attempt to win back the title when he sealed a brutal submission victory with a rear naked choke hold in the fourth round, which then sparked a mass brawl.
Fights broke out in and around the cage, with a red-shirted fan landing several blows on McGregor before security intervened. Both fighters were escorted from the arena by police and security.
UFC boss Dana White later told Fox Sports that three members of Nurmagomedov’s team were arrested.
The fight had been highlighted by bad blood between both camps, with McGregor pleading guilty in July as part of a deal with prosecutors to resolve charges over an April melee in which he attacked a bus the Russian was traveling on.
The situation boiled over after referee Herb Dean waved off the fight, which prompted Nurmagomedov to jump out of the cage and head straight for McGregor’s teammate and corner-man Dillon Danis, prompting a series of violent scuffles.
One man jumped the fence, swinging blows at McGregor before being bundled away by security and there were punches thrown in the crowd as police and security struggled to deal with the angry crowd, most of whom had been backing the Irishman.
White entered the octagon to try to placate Nurmagomedov, who was not presented with the belt, although he was announced as the winner.
The Russian’s fans chanted his name and danced in the street outside the T-Mobile Arena, but rather than the fight bringing to the end the feud, it only poured more fuel on the fire.
McGregor, making a comeback to the octagon after nearly two years away, had looked dangerous in the early striking exchanges but as expected, Nurmagomedov quickly took the fight to the ground and thrived.
Khabib’s fight checque withheld, suspension and fines could follow
Khabib is likely facing some stiff penalties after sparking what could go down as one of the most infamous moments in MMA history.
The immediate aftermath is Nurmagomedov did not receive his belt after the fight, three members of his team were arrested and, now, the financial repercussions could be significant.
UFC president Dana White told reporters after the brawl that the Nevada State Athletic Commission was withholding both fighters’ cheques, but later clarified that McGregor received his purse.
Nurmagomedov might have some waiting to do.
Per MMA Fighting, Nurmagomedov’s fight cheque came in at a hefty $2 million.
But that likely won’t be the extent of the punishment for Nurmagomedov, as White didn’t rule out a suspension and fines for the Russian.
He also speculated there could be visa issues in the future for the fighter.
All in all, a rough night for McGregor, UFC and, possibly most of all, Nurmagomedov.