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Monday 20 May 2019

Police confirm no arrests following post-fight melee at UFC 229

Conor McGregor was attacked while Khabib Nurmagomedov climbed the cage to get at a member of the Irishman’s camp.

Khabib Nurmagomedov had to be held back outside the cage (John Locher/AP)
Khabib Nurmagomedov had to be held back outside the cage (John Locher/AP)

By Press Association Sport staff

There were no arrests after the post-fight melee which followed Conor McGregor’s defeat at UFC 229 on Saturday night, Las Vegas Police have announced.

The 30-year-old tapped out midway through the fourth round against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, who then vaulted the cage and attacked someone from McGregor’s camp, while the Irishman was set upon by at least two men who entered the Octagon.

A statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday read: “LVMPD officers assisted with breaking up several small fights that took place after Saturday night’s UFC main event in Las Vegas. After all parties were separated, no one involved wished to press charges and no arrests occurred.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov won the contest at UFC 229 (John Locher/AP)

McGregor was making his return to mixed martial arts after a two-year hiatus in an event which was billed as the biggest in the UFC’s history.

The duo’s camps clashed in Brooklyn in April in an incident which saw McGregor throw a dolly at the window of a bus containing several rival fighters, including Nurmagomedov.

The Russian retained his lightweight title with a career-best performance at T-Mobile Arena, but soured his night with his actions afterwards.

UFC president Dana White said afterwards: “I’ve been doing this for 18 years and I couldn’t be more disappointed.”

Nurmagomedov expressed regret at what had unfolded but showed his disdain for McGregor’s behaviour leading up to the fight.

He said: “First of all I want to say sorry to Nevada Athletic Commission and second to Vegas. I know this is not my best side. I’m a human being.

“But I don’t understand how people can talk about how I jump on the cage. He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father.

“He came to Brooklyn and he broke a bus, he almost killed a couple of people. What about this s***? Why do people talk about me jumping over the cage? I don’t understand.

“This is a respectful sport, not a trash-talking sport. I want to change the game, you cannot talk about religion, about nationality.”

McGregor has not spoken publicly about the incident but has expressed his desire on social media for a rematch with Nurmagomedov, who now holds a perfect 27-0 record in his MMA career.

After saying he was “looking forward to the rematch” in a tweet on Sunday, the Irishman posted on Instagram the following day: “We lost the match but won the battle. The war goes on.”

The post was accompanied by a picture of McGregor sporting a black eye but looking relaxed holding a drink.

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