New footage has emerged which shows exactly how the shocking Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov post-fight brawl really started.
And it looks like it was the president of Nurmagomedov’s management agency who sparked the chaotic scenes. Seconds after McGregor taps out, fan footage from near the cage shows Rizvan Magomedov walking past.
Wearing a blue suit, he patronizingly slaps McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis — who has denied claims he called Nurmagomedov a “f—ing Muslim rat” — on the back.
The pair then becomes embroiled in a skirmish which Nurmagomedov notices immediately.
Nurmagomedov then rushes out of the cage and launches himself feet first into Danis.
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Magomedov is the boss of Nurmagomedov’s New York-based Dominance MMA agency.
Further footage then shows him throwing punches at Danis — who was reportedly left concussed and bruised after the incident — before police rush in and drag the pair away.
Nurmagomedov has since threatened to quit UFC altogether as the fallout from the UFC 229 brawl continues with both fighters copping ten-day bans for the scenes outside the Octagon.
Nurmagomedov’s teammate Zubaira Tukhugov has also been threatened with a ban for striking McGregor in the brawl. But Nurmagomedov says that would be unfair given McGregor attacked his bus in April.
Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram: “I would like to address @ufc. Why didn’t you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?”
“Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started.”
“In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that.”