Khabib Nurmagomedov absolutely dominated Conor McGregor during their contest at UFC 229 but the real fight came after the bell rang when the Russian hopped over the cage and started to throw blows at the Irishman’s coaches before everything descended into chaos.
Plenty of people stepped in to try to keep things from getting more out of control than they already were— including Daniel Cormier, who entered the fracas to try to get Nurmagomedov to chill out.
According to MMA Junkie, Cormier recently appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to break down the series of events that occurred once the fight ended and shared a hilarious story involving a diehard McGregor fan who decided to rush to his defense after the madness broke out:
“There’s a guy behind me. He’s wearing this nice jacket. … So he’s standing behind me, and he goes, ‘Who do you got in the fight?’ This guy’s completely not into the game, right? So I go, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna go Khabib.’
So after the fight, when we all jumped the rail, I’m like in the Octagon pushing, and the guy’s like checking on Conor. He was like a fan. He was just like a fan that jumped the rail when everyone else jumped the rail and got all the way to the Octagon – he was like checking on Conor.
I (later) asked my wife, ‘Salina, what happened with that guy? Was he with McGregor?’ She goes, ‘Daniel, after he went and checked to make sure Conor was OK, he just got back in his seat.’
I swear to God. He just climbed the rail and got back in his seat. I was like, ‘What in the world just happened!? What in the world just happened!?’ It was crazy.
How did this dude end up in the octagon, and then he checked to make sure Conor was OK, and then he went back and sat down.”
It might sound like an absurd tale but Jacket Man (a.ka. David Martin) confirmed he jumped into the fray and shared a video of him storming the Octagon as proof.
I hope he gets a bottle of underwhelming whiskey for his troubles.