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UFC Fighter Tries To Climb Into Octagon After Having 'A Bit Too Much To Drink'

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UFC Fighter Tries To Climb Into Octagon After Having 'A Bit Too Much To Drink'

A UFC star was seen trying to climb into the Octagon to celebrate with teammate Julianna Pena last night (11 December) – only to ‘fall down on his face’ after having ‘a little bit too much to drink’. 

At yesterday’s UFC 269 in Las Vegas, Pena beat Amanda Nunes to end the Brazilian’s 12-fight win streak to seize the bantamweight title. 

Julianna Pena. Credit: Alamy
Julianna Pena. Credit: Alamy

Her victory came as a huge shock to the MMA community – as was evident by the reaction of her teammate Michael Chiesa, who leapt out of his seat upon hearing she had won, and climbed over the barrier towards the Octagon.  

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He stumbled slightly as he clambered down onto a chair, before excitedly running off in Pena’s direction.  

It is believed he was a bit too intoxicated, with UFC President Dana White saying he was escorted out by police.  

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

In a post-fight press conference, White said: “How do I say this without embarrassing the guy? 

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“He had a little bit too much to drink this evening and when she won, he freaked out and tried to jump into the Octagon and fell down on his face, cut his eye and busted his eye open, then was arguing with the police that he needed to get into the Octagon and be with her, because that’s his teammate. 

“[The police] dragged him out, got him outside and calmed him down in the back, and I went back and talked to him for a minute, and we’re all good.”

In a statement to LADbible about the incident, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said: "The LVMPD routinely supports event security at many large venues that visit Las Vegas. In many instances, LVMPD officers will be present or assists security when a patron is escorted out of an event. In general, it is handled by security and does not rise to police enforcement.

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"For any inquiries regarding Michael Chisesa, please reach out to the event’s promoters."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

After Pena, 32, won the bantamweight title, she praised her opponent’s contributions to their sport, while also admitting she ‘expected’ to win.  

She said: "I told you. Don't ever doubt me again. Willpower, strength and determination, it will take you places. 

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"I definitely expected a win and I'm just so grateful. The world is my oyster and you literally have the ability to do anything that you want in this life, and I just proved that tonight." 

Pena added: “Amanda has been such a great champion, and she’s done a ton for the sport. 

“For me to be able to take out arguably the greatest of all time is something that’s still sinking in right now.” 

White also spoke about 'underdog' Pena's win, saying: “One of the great things about this sport, what makes this sport so incredible, is that when somebody is so big of an underdog [can win].

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“How many times have we been at these events where when the fight’s over, everybody’s looking at each other like, ‘Holy s***!’”

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: News, Sport, UFC, MMA

Jess Hardiman
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