After UFC 229 descended into chaos Saturday night following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Conor McGregor, UFC President Dana White decried the extremely entertaining antics, which are likely to prove highly profitable to his organization.
“We in no way support this hooliganism that is likely to make headlines in every major media outlet around the world,” said White in a post-match press conference. “The UFC does not condone the kind of rowdy behavior which will certainly make the rematch the most watched pay-per-view program in history.”
After Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor via rear-naked choke in the fourth round, he jumped out of the Octagon and attacked McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis. White called the ensuing brawl — in which members of both camps traded blows — a “disgusting and unexpected way for me to make millions of dollars.”
White went on to condemn the lucrative actions of both fighters, saying he already disapproved of the commercial potential of two outspoken and controversial rivals with a history of bad blood.
“If you think the UFC will stand idly by while the opportunity for a raucous media goldmine slips through our fingers, you are wrong,” said White. “It makes me sick. This is truly a disgraceful way for all of us to get filthy stinkin’ rich.”