As different fights broke out at cage-side and in the Octagon at the T-Mobile Arena last night, there were reports of brawls among fans of both Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
The victorious Khabib leapt over the fence and attacked Dillion Danis after the sanctioned fight, while McGregor fought off some of Khabib’s teammates having just almost been chocked out.
UFC president, Dana White, refused to put the lightweight championship on Khabib in the Octagon for fear of inciting a full-on riot among the fans.
While that was a prudent move, it of course wasn’t enough to quell all conflict among the attendees.
The first fight actually took place on Friday night at the weigh-ins.
Then after the main event of UFC 229, fans seemingly split alongside Russia/Khabib and Ireland/McGregor lines got into scraps in and around the arena.
I present to you the UFC 229 Knockout of the Night. Front row seats to Russia vs Ireland brawl post fight.
T-Mobile arena is a war zone. pic.twitter.com/zQEXVqPS77
— Luke Martin (@VentureCoinist) October 7, 2018
— ManUtdMindset (@ManUtdMindset) October 7, 2018
Thankfully, some of those on both sides were in a conciliatory mood after backing their favourites to the hilt.
In a video posted by Marcelo Barone of Brazil’s Globo Esporte, the respective sets of fans can be seen embracing and hugging despite the heated nature of the rivalry and associated dispute between the two camps.
Unfortunately, it won’t be enduring image of the events of UFC 229, but it is heartening to see nonetheless.
— Marcelo Barone (@marbarone) October 7, 2018