Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 229: Huge brawl as Khabib attacks Conor camp after Russian's victory - latest updates
Conor McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his comeback fight at UFC 229 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who then climbed over the cage and set off a brawl by attempting to fight someone in McGregor's corner on Saturday night.
The wild scene occurred after McGregor (21-4) got caught in a choke by Nurmagomedov (27-0), who defended his lightweight belt with an impressive victory over the Irish star who infamously attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn last April.
McGregor conceded after Nurmagomedo's choke hold in the fourth round
McGregor conceded after Nurmagomedo's choke hold in the fourth round CREDIT: JEFF BOTTARI
Several months of hostilities between the fighters' camps exploded into public view when Nurmagomedov stood up, hurled his gumshield to the ground and shouted at McGregor's corner before hurdling the cage and attempting to fight someone.
Mayhem reigned for a few minutes while security personnel attempted to calm both fighters and their camps.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is restrained after plunging out of the cage and into the crowd
Khabib Nurmagomedov is restrained after plunging out of the cage and into the crowd CREDIT: JOHN LOCHER/AP
Although Nurmagomedov was later declared the winner he was not given the lightweight championship belt, prompting speculation he could be stripped of his title.
Nurmagomedov's apology ...
In case you missed it, Nurmagomedov has expressed his regret at what unfolded but showed his disdain for McGregor's behaviour leading up to the fight, including the notorious bus attack in April that left several rival fighters injured.
"First of all I want to say sorry to Nevada Athletic Commission and second to Vegas. I know this is not my best side. I'm a human being.
"But I don't understand how people can talk about how I jump on the cage. He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father.
"He came to Brooklyn and he broke a bus, he almost killed a couple of people. What about this s***? Why do people talk about me jumping over the cage? I don't understand.
"This is a respectful sport, not a trash-talking sport. I want to change the game, you cannot talk about religion, about nationality."
Dana White has acknowledged the UFC might strip its title from Nurmagomedov (27-0)...
"If he gets suspended, it depends on how long his suspension is. And if it's a long suspension, yeah, he's probably going to get it stripped."
Was there a cynical motive behind the drama?
British MMA fighter John Maguire certainly thinks so...
"Don't worry people it will all be forgotten about in a couple of weeks and then there will be a even bigger build-up for a rematch," he said.
Footage of the brawl
How the mayhem kicked off...
Is this it for McGregor?
Many are now wondering if McGregor will return to a UFC ring again.
Olympic boxer Tony Jeffries has written on Twitter: "Gutted for Connor (sic), the most entertaining man in sport... I hope this isn't the end."
But he can surely take reassurance from the message from McGregor's own coach, John Kavanagh, which suggests he plans to be back...
Mike Tyson: 'This is crazier than my fight riot'
The ugly brawl between the camps has provoked a strong reaction on social media - much more so than the actual outcome of the fight.
Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson has set the tone by claiming the brawl outdid the night he bit off part of
'It's a bad night for MMA, a black eye for the sport'
Gareth A Davies, in the thick of the action, has sent us his recap of everything that went down.
THIS IS A MUST LISTEN.
This is not what the sport is about'
More reaction from Dana White, who could not hide his disappointment about how the night ended...
"It is a bad night for me and for people who have covered the events. We know that this is not what the sport is about. I am not in a good mood right now.
"I'm so disappointed. I'm one of the guys who has worked 18 years to get this sport where it is today.
"It is super personal to me. I have worked so hard for so long.
"It is just so disappointing.
"It should have ended with Khabib walking out a champ but it didn't."
White defends way fight was handled
UFC president Dana White has said the event ended in "a s***** way", adding: "We did more than anything we have ever done to stop this kind of thing happening.
"What can you do when someone climbs over the cage like a monkey...
"The (security) team did a great job of containing this tonight."
McGregor not pressing charges
Dana White at the press conference.