Who punched first?
A post-match scuffle broke out between Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team and Conor McGregor after the Irish fighter’s fourth-round loss during his UFC debut Sunday night, but all may not be as it seemed.
After McGregor tapped out, two of Khabib’s team, Zubaira Tukhugov and Islam Makhachev, jumped into the octagon and began attacking him. At the same time, Nurmagomedov, who had been taunting McGregor, jumped out and attacked Dillon Danis, who trains with the redhead.
But footage from inside the arena — not seen on TV — shows McGregor follow Nurmagomedov to the fence and slug a teammate of the Russian fighter.
After the brawl was settled, UFC president Dana White told reporters that Nurmagomedov’s lightweight championship could be stripped, dependent on the details of the fight. Nurmagomedov’s paycheck is also being withheld holding an investigation, while McGregor already got his.
“It’s bad. There’s gonna be an investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and … there’s gonna be big-money fines, and these guys are in big trouble,” White told ESPN. “Again, we need to see how this plays out. Nobody has ever done that; nobody should ever do that.”
Nurmagomedov issued a lengthy apology after the fight.
“First of all, I want to say sorry to the athletic commission, Nevada and sorry to Vegas,” he said in a statement. “This is not my best side. I’m a human being, but I don’t understand how people can talk about jumping on the cage when he talks about my religion, he talks about my country, he talks about my father and he comes to Brooklyn and he broke the bus and almost killed a couple of people. What about this? Why are people talking about my jumping over the cage? I don’t understand. … You cannot talk about religion, you cannot talk about nations, you cannot talk about this stuff. This is for me very important.”