UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov would defeat former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor via fourth round submission in the main event of UFC 229, but would then incite a huge post-fight brawl.
Dana White is stating that when the brawl took place, nobody on planet earth was more upset about what went down than he was.
“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 Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
The UFC President believes that it was a good idea to not put the belt on Nurmagomedov after the brawl was contained.
“We had that thing contained in under 40 seconds,” White said. “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 are expected to be punished by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for their roles in the brawl.