Dana White Talks Conor-Khabib Brawl
For Dana White, the end of UFC 229 was a horror movie that played out in real time. The UFC president would be amid a sea of fighting bodies, even though the main event was already over.
Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fourth round submission win over Conor McGregor, a brawl would break out between both sides, with White looking at the potential undoing of two decades worth of work.
“For me personally, all the work I put that I put into this the last 20 years of my life… I didn’t want to see it go down like that. I was upset about it. I was the only one. The rest of the world could care less,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in a recent interview.
“For me, it was just our biggest moment, the most people watching ever, and that’s just not who we are. And it’s not even who Khabib is. He said many time after the fight that he went crazy after the fight and it happens sometimes. This is the fight business.
But yeah, I was the most upset guy on the planet after that fight. Nobody else cared.”
“We had that thing contained in under 40 seconds,” White said in an interview with ESPN. “I made the decision to not put the belt on (Khabib) inside the octagon because I didn’t think it was safe, I didn’t think we’d get a good reaction from the fans. We got everyone out of there OK. No fans were hurt, nobody was hurt. Nobody was hurt in this thing and we contained it pretty fast.”
Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor face possible sanctions and fines following a hearing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on October 24th, with Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse still held by the commission.
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