Nurmagomedov made McGregor tap out during Saturday's UFC 229 main event, but instead of celebrating his accomplishment, the Russian fighter sparked a enormous post-fight melee when he leapt over the cage and jumped into the crowd, while members from his corner entered the octagon and attacked McGregor. A brawl between the two camps immediately ensued, as Nurmagomedov leapt over the Octagon to attack a member of McGregor's corner.
After Nurmagomedov's action White opted against handing the Russian his belt because of security concerns, while his purse is now being withheld pending an investigation from the Nevada Athletic Commission.
McGregor (21-4) suffered a fourth-round submission loss to Nurmagomedov (27-0) at UFC 229 last weekend in Las Vegas.
Chuck Liddell took UFC to task for rewarding fighters for bad behavior, likely referencing Conor McGregor's recent bus attack before a UFC event in Brooklyn, New York. "And knowing what he knows now, he was able to make adjustments in the second Nate Diaz fight and you'd imagine that he'd be able to make some adjustments after having seen Khabib over the course of four rounds".
Nurmagomedov publicly apologized to the commission Saturday. Nurmagomedov was less than 24 hours removed from winning arguably the biggest fight in UFC history, but he walked through the airport unnoticed despite an outfit that screamed, "Hey, I'm a UFC fighter!"
Khabib Nurmagomedov has yet to be paid following his lightweight title win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 that ended in chaos, but that penalty might be the least of his worries.
White said any other UFC fighters involved in the brawl would not fight in the organisation again. "I love watching him fight". There were three arrests, UFC president Dana White said, yet no formal charges were made because McGregor decided against pursuing the case. Outside of the octagon, you need to exist peacefully.
Kavanagh also outlined that he felt that many onlookers in the crowd believed that, had the sparring session been scored like a fight, McGregor would have won.
"I was like 'didn't all the commissioners get the memo like the National Football League did that you can't show the violent hits, the unethical and illegal things and still use it in promotion". I don't know when things started turning into some kind of s-t show?!