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Dana White: ‘I was the most upset guy on the planet’ after Khabib-McGregor brawl

“I was the most upset guy on the planet after that fight. Nobody else cared.” 

No one expected the chaos that unfolded at UFC 229, and head president Dana White is still upset with the whole ordeal.

If you hadn’t heard, a brawl erupted between team Khabib and team McGregor after reigning lightweight champ Nurmagomedov leapt over the Octagon fence and attacked McGregor teammate Dillon Danis in the stands.

Nurmagomedov beat McGregor via fourth-round submission in the blockbuster main event but was still amped up and rearing to go after the fight had concluded. It took American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammates Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold to calm Khabib down and restrain him.

It was one of the most chaotic scenes in UFC history and, according to White, he ‘was the most upset guy on the planet.’

“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 (h/t Andy Nesbitt of

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.”

Although Nurmagomedov retained his title, White kept the belt from him in fear of a negative, and potentially dangerous, backlash from fans in the T-Mobile Arena.

“We had that thing contained in under 40 seconds,” White continued. “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.”

Nurmagomedov’s $2 million fight purse has been withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and both he and McGregor face possible sanctions on Oct. 24.

Bloody Elbow will keep you updated on the latest news.