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People Claim Conor McGregor Started Second Fight That Led To Khabib's Teammates Arrests

People Claim Conor McGregor Started Second Fight That Led To Khabib's Teammates Arrests

The hotly anticipated fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 ended in controversy after a mass brawl kicked off between the two men's camps.

The UFC Lightweight Champion hopped over the cage after beating the Irishman, made his way to McGregor's team, reportedly jumping on top of coach Dillon Danis.

Credit: PA
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However, new footage has surfaced which some have said shows 'The Notorious' McGregor throwing a punch at one of the Russian fighter's team, kicking off the post-fight brawl.

Khabib, who locked in a submission on McGregor in the fourth round and won the contest, has since apologised for his reaction in a post-fight press conference.

However, he also took the opportunity to criticise McGregor's actions in the build up.

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"I want to say sorry to the athletic commission, sorry to Vegas. I know this is not my best side," he explained.

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"I don't understand how people can say I jumped on the cage. He talked about my religion, my family, he came to Brooklyn and could have killed people on the bus.

"Why are we talking about me climbing on the cage? My father taught me to be respectful. Today, he tapped, the belt is here, undisputed, undefeated UFC Lightweight Champion. This is a respectful sport, not a trash-talking sport."

The fight's ending has been one of the main talking points online, with boxer Tyson Fury even giving his two cents on the match.

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Khabib revealed in the post-fight press conference that he had at least one fan in his home country - namely Vladimir Putin, who apparently phoned the 30-year-old to congratulate him on his victory.

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The fighter said: "He [McGregor] took a picture with Putin, but Putin just called me and told me he is proud of me. And he said congratulations."

Topics: UFC

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]