The Nevada State Athletic Fee (NSAC) introduced Monday that it might be launching an investigation, with the assistance of the UFC, into a number of fights that broke out backstage earlier than the scheduled UFC 279 information convention final Thursday.
UFC president Dana White ended up having to cancel the promotional occasion because of the skirmishes.
“If the Nevada Athletic Fee determines that licensees acted improperly, we are going to provoke applicable disciplinary motion in opposition to all concerned,” NSAC chairman Stephen J. Cloobeck wrote in a press release.
The catalyst for the altercations was a close to brawl between UFC fighters Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland. The 2 weren’t even scheduled to struggle one another at UFC 279, although that modified a day later.
Earlier than the press convention backstage at MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment, Chimaev approached Holland aggressively, leading to phrases exchanged and Holland pushing him away as folks tried to get between them, sources informed ESPN. Chimaev then threw a entrance kick that appeared to land to Holland’s physique. Safety and others, together with UFC fighter Li Jingliang, labored to separate the 2 males, per sources.
A type of serving to safety was former fighter and present MMA agent Tiki Ghosn, who grabbed Chimaev in an effort to get him away from Holland. Chimaev’s initially scheduled UFC 279 opponent was Nate Diaz. When Diaz and his group noticed Ghosn standing close to Chimaev, Diaz assumed Ghosn — who he thought-about a good friend — was a part of Chimaev’s group. That brought on a number of members of Diaz’s group to throw water bottles at Ghosn, igniting one other close to fracas.
Solely Holland and unique opponent Daniel Rodriguez made it to the stage for the information convention earlier than White shut the entire thing down for the sake of security. Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 kilos Friday morning, leading to a reshuffling of the cardboard: Diaz fought Tony Ferguson, Chimaev confronted Holland and Rodriguez and Li fought one another.
The UFC didn’t self-discipline any fighters for the altercations, although the NSAC has indicated it may accomplish that — maybe in a really important approach.
“The Nevada Athletic Fee will strictly self-discipline all licensees for all incidents of bodily violence between athletes outdoors the ring or cage, as much as and together with purse forfeiture, revocation or suspension of any present license, denial of purposes for brand new candidates, or denying future license renewals,” Cloobeck wrote.