In­sults prompted mass brawl

Post - - SPORT - WILL GRIFFEE

THE big­gest fight in UFC his­tory ended in dis­grace­ful fash­ion as Conor McGre­gor’s de­feat at the hands of Khabib Nur­magome­dov was fol­lowed by a mass brawl in­volv­ing both fight­ers.

Some 20 000 fans in­side the T-Mo­bile Arena watched in dis­be­lief as, af­ter his win by fourth-round sub­mis­sion, Khabib charged to­wards McGre­gor’s train­ing part­ner Dil­lon Da­nis be­fore two of Khabib’s en­tourage hopped into the oc­tagon to land punches on the Ir­ish­man.

Three men from Khabib’s camp were ar­rested but later re­leased af­ter McGre­gor re­fused to press charges.

The Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion re­viewed footage of the scenes and with­held Khabib’s £1.5 mil­lion purse while al­low­ing his op­po­nent to bank the £2m he earned from the light­weight ti­tle fight.

Exit

Both were forced to exit cen­tre stage flanked by dozens of se­cu­rity guards as UFC pres­i­dent Dana White ditched the in­ter­views, fear­ing a riot from the thou­sands of Ir­ish fans who made the jour­ney.

White said: “I know if we put the belt on him in the oc­tagon there’ll be things thrown. It could have been dan­ger­ous so we got him out of there. Po­lice of­fi­cers were get­ting punched. All hell broke loose. I don’t even know what to say. I’m dis­gusted and sick over it.”

Khabib showed re­morse for trig­ger­ing the fight but said McGre­gor and his team had crossed the line with per­sonal in­sults in the build-up.

“I want to say sorry, this is not my best side, I am a hu­man be­ing,” said the boxer. “He spoke about my re­li­gion, my coun­try and my fa­ther so why are peo­ple talk­ing about me jump­ing over a cage? Conor nearly killed two peo­ple on that bus,” he said, re­fer­ring to McGre­gor’s ar­rest for throw­ing a me­tal dolly at Khabib through a bus win­dow in April which in­jured two fight­ers.

McGre­gor – who in the build-up of­fered de­vout Sunni Mus­lim Khabib a dram of whiskey – missed the post-fight press con­fer­ence but later tweeted: “Look­ing for­ward to the re­match.” – Daily Mail

CONOR MCGRE­GOR

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