An alternative angle of the mass brawl that broke out after Conor McGregor's UFC 229 contest versus Khabib Nurmagomedov has emerged which appears to show the Irishman striking out at 'Team Khabib' first.
The drama occurred after McGregor had tapped out in the third round. Despite his victory, Nurmagomedov was visibly angry and ran over the Octogan fence towards Dillon Danis. As a still-recovering McGregor, the security team and Khabib's cornermen run after him, new footage shows a punch being thrown on top of the fence by McGregor.
— Dont tell kay (@dont_tell_kay) October 7, 2018
I didn’t notice this. You can see Conor and a Khabib cornerman looking to go over the fence. When Conor is held back by a guard he blindsides the cornerman.
Not quite as innocent as he would first seem... he’s NOT defending anyone or himself hitting a guy who’s not looking. https://t.co/zTPeMcU4Ep
— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) October 7, 2018
At 0:38 Conor McGregor sucker punches Khabib’s cornerman.
I am told this was the primary reason Conor refused to press charges. He threw and landed the first physical blow in this melee.
Watch it closely. Khabib leaves the ring. Cornerman goes up. Conor suckerpunches him. https://t.co/nLdTi7b02r
— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 7, 2018
McGregor was then attacked from behind, as another man jumped into the Octogan and unloaded several shots.
— ZombieProphet (@GIFsZP) October 7, 2018
UFC President Dana White confirmed that McGregor had decided not to press charges and that the three men who had been arrested were released.
As for Nurmagomedov, the 30-year-old defended himself while speaking at the press conference.
What about him talking about my religion? He talked about my country, he talked about my father, he came to Brooklyn and broke a bus, almost killed a couple of people.
What about this? What about this shit? Why are people talking about how I jumped over the cage.