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'Incredible, yet disturbing,' BBC's Nolan in crowd as chaos breaks out at McGregor UFC Vegas bout

By Jonathan Bell

The BBC's Stephen Nolan described as "incredible, yet disturbing" the chaotic scenes at the Conor McGregor UFC bout in Las Vegas.

The broadcaster and UFC fan was in the crowd at the T-mobile Arena to see the Irish man's defeat to Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.

However, moments after McGregor submitted to a choke hold violence erupted.

Nurmagomedov started remonstrating with those outside the octagon before jumping the cage and appearing to attack someone from McGregor's team.

A prone McGregor was then seemingly attacked by someone from Nurmagomedov's camp as the bad blood that has been building up ahead of this fight came to a head.

UFC chief Dana White confirmed later that three of Nurmagomedov's team were arrested and taken to jail but McGregor will not be pressing charges.

He also said Nurmagomedov's purse would be withheld from him while McGregor is expected to receive his $3m pay.

"That was incredible. I was scared just watching that . Still shaking," tweeted Nolan from Vegas.

"What an incredible, yet disturbing experience at UFC in Vegas.

"UFC very lucky the crowd didn’t start fighting too . That incident last night could have descended into serious civilian injury."

Nolan has often spoken of his love for UFC. After a fight back in 2015 - also involving McGregor - he described it as one of the best experiences in his life.

 

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