A highly anticipated UFC match Saturday ended in a large brawl with three people arrested.
Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov had just forced Irish champion Conor McGregor to tap out in the fourth round. Nurmagomedov then leaped over the cage and headed straight for McGregor’s team, where a fight ensued.
Members of Nurmagomedov’s team then jumped into the Octagon and attacked McGregor.
The match marked McGregor’s return to the sport, and despite the controversy surrounding the fight’s finish, Nurmagomedov is now the lightweight champion and has a 27-match unbeaten record.
In the press conference following the match, Nurmagomedov apologized, but it did not seem very sincere. He then went on to explain how McGregor’s team was trash-talking his country and his religion. Talking bad about an opponent is not new to the UFC and neither is an athlete getting out of hand.
Nurmagomedov asked why he was getting criticized when McGregor was the one who threw a dolly at a bus Nurmagomedov and a few other fighters were on back in April.
He should have known that any violence outside of he fight was going to come with repercussions.
Why was he so angry and surprised when they would not give him the belt?
He just disgraced the UFC, and while he should have been celebrating his victory, he was tarnishing what would have been a fantastic event for him and his image.
The way Nurmagomedov handled the situation was completely unprofessional. He had already won the fight, so why was that not enough?
Nurmagomedov should have taken his win gracefully. The unsolicited violence gave him a bad name, and it could cost him more than his reputation.
UFC President Dana White could be heard in the aftermath of the chaos telling Nurmagomedov that he wouldn’t risk carrying on with the traditional belt-giving ceremony after the fight. Nurmagomedov did not deserve the satisfaction of being given the belt in front of the crowd.
Safety concerns also played a part in White’s decision.
“Police officers were getting punched. Security guys were getting punched. I actually think police and security did an incredible job. Khabib jumped over the cage like one of those parkour guys. What are you expected to do?” White said in an interview with Fox Sports after the fight.
Nurmagomedov acted selfishly along with his team. There were many people hurt unnecessarily.
The actions displayed by Nurmagomedov and his team were disrespectful to McGregor and his team, along with the entire UFC.