UFC fans have been left gobsmacked after the UFC 229 fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor took an ugly turn.
After beating McGregor in the octagon from a rear-naked choke, Khabib set his sights on a member in the crowd and went after him.
The target was Dillon Danis, a fellow MMA fighter and good friend of McGregor.
But the Russian’s uncharacteristic brain explosion now has fans calling for him to be banned from the UFC:
— Aaron Corbin (@TheeAaronCorbin) October 7, 2018
Khabib should be stripped and banned absolute disgrace, hope he gets banged by all the fans in the building !!! Stamp on that Prats head and especially that prick who judused him, deserves to be shot
— billy Quiff-blain (@billyquiffblain) October 7, 2018
In any other sport khabib would be stripped, banned and shamed for this. Also shouldn't it go to a no contest? #UFC229
— Josh Blackman (@joshblackman93) October 7, 2018
Dana White banned Paul Daley from the UFC for life because he threw a punch after the bell. Khabib may get kicked out of the UFC after what happened tonight #UFC229
— Preet Grewal (@PreetG24) October 7, 2018
There's no way Khabib keeps his belt. They banned Paul Daley permanently when he punched Koscheck after their fight
— Adam (@SoapInTheTub) October 7, 2018
Fair play to Khabib in regards to the fight. He absolutely dominated McGregor, however after what he just done.. he needs to be stripped of his title and banned for life. Absolute disgrace. #UFC229 #KHABIBvsMcGregor
— Alyx (@acowan95) October 7, 2018
The implications of Khabib’s actions are unknown, and could be for some time.
But if the UFC is to set a precedent on the matter, fellow fighter Paul Daley copped a life ban for cheap-shooting rival Josh Koscheck in 2010 after the bell.
Khabib’s actions overshadowed what has yet to be confirmed as the biggest fight in UFC history.
UFC personality and commentator Joe Rogan said it was foolish:
“Khabib jumping out of the octagon like that and attacking someone in the crowd is so stupid, so unnecessary, and so foolish,” said Joe Rogan.
“This entire event has been marred by him jumping out the octagon and attacking Dillon Danis like that.
“That was disgusting – Khabib jumping out of the octagon, and Khabib’s friends jumping into the Octagon and attacking Conor.”
Khabib submitted McGregor in the fourth round on Sunday in their lightweight title fight, then leaped over the top of the cage to go after McGregor teammate Dillon Danis, a Bellator fighter.
The submission came at 3:03 of the fourth.
A huge scrum of people got together near the cage, including police officers, members of both teams and members of the Nevada Athletic Commission.
It was against the fence where fans were seated.
After the scrum was broken up, UFC president Dana White said “People are going to get arrested tonight.”
Nurmagomedov responded, “Put me in jail. No problem.”
Rogan also fears the incident won’t be contained, and will spark a chain reaction of fury.
“This is going to spill our onto the streets – there’s a lot of Irish fans, there’s a lot of Russian fans.