Ugly scenes marred UFC 229 as lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov began a brawl by the octagon after beating Conor McGregor.
Seconds after landing a fourth-round submission, the Russian leaped out of the cage and attacked one of Irishman McGregor’s team, prompting a melee.
Still recovering from the bout, McGregor was then punched in the octagon by one of Nurmagomedov’s party.
UFC president Dana White refused to give Nurmagomedov his belt.
White could be heard telling the 30-year-old a presentation could incite trouble among those present at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
McGregor appeared stunned and was quickly escorted away by his team, while heavyweight and lightweight champion Daniel Cormier entered the octagon to seemingly try to calm Nurmagomedov, who left the arena flanked by police.
What was billed as the biggest bout in UFC history, one set to break its pay-per-view record and where McGregor returned after a 693-day absence, will now prompt difficult questions for White and the organisation.
More to follow.