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06th Oct 2018

Fans brawl in the stands seconds after McGregor-Nurmagomedov weigh-ins

A McGregor fan was punched in the face

Darragh Murphy

Leave it to the professionals, folks.

A few fans couldn’t wait another 24 hours for a fight after Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov weighed in successfully for the main event of UFC 229.

On Friday night, both Nurmagomedov and ‘The Notorious’ hit their target for the lightweight title fight, with the champion weighing in bang on 155lbs and McGregor coming in at 154.5lbs to make the bout official.

Tempers flared on the stage when the lightweight rivals faced off for the final time before fight night but it was nothing compared to the tension in the stands as punches were thrown immediately after the weigh-ins.

It’s unknown what started the fight, which involved at least four people, but a fan sporting a McGregor t-shirt was punched flush in the face after falling to his knees.

Two women were caught up in the melee, with one hitting the floor before the fight was broken up.

Let’s hope we don’t see a repeat of these scenes during the event itself, which takes place in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

McGregor and Nurmagomedov have both insisted that there is more to their monster showdown than business and neither plan on shaking the other’s hand when all is said and done this weekend.

“No, it is personal, more than a fight, and there will be no handshake,” Nurmagomedov said. “And we will see what happens afterwards.”