Apart from ticket sales and a massive headliner fight, UFC 229 will also be known for its infamous post-fight brawl. Among those who literally had front row seats to the entire incident was UFC double-champion Daniel Cormier.
During his interview on Monday on the MMA Hour, “DC” revealed his side of the story, where stepped in to pacify his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov, who at the time had just jumped the cage to attack members of Conor McGregor’s coaching staff.
“I was trying to go up to talk to him and they kept pushing me,” Cormier recalled (transcript via MMA Mania). “But, he kept telling them, ‘This is my captain, let him through.’ So when I finally got close enough to him I told him, ‘Hey, what in the world is going on? What are you doing? You have got to calm down.”
“And he said, ‘Okay captain, give me my belt.’ The dude was worked up. I have honestly never seen him act like that.”
The UFC saw and recognized his efforts to diffuse the situation, which according to Cormier, were rewarded.
“I buy tickets. I buy tickets for my kids to go to the fights,” Cormier explained. “We were given tickets and I buy tickets and then the whole fight happens. Then Dana calls me back and says, ‘We are giving you your money back because you helped us calm everybody down. We can’t charge you for tickets.’”
As for Khabib, UFC president Dana White recently told TMZ that their issue has been settled, and that the undefeated lightweight champion will no longer follow through with his threat of leaving the company.