UFC 229 breaks records; fighters may face suspension, big fines

Posted: 6:39 PM, Oct 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-09 01:50:29Z

UFC president Dana White did not mince words when talking about what happened post-UFC 229. 

"Super duper. Super, really bad. I mean, the worst," White said after the event on Saturday.

After defending his title Saturday, Khabib Nurmagomedov leaped over the cage to attack Conor McGregor's corner. Members of Nurmagomedov's entourage also sprang into action, climbing into the Octagon and attacking McGregor himself. 

The fight led the Nevada State Athletic Commission to launch an investigation into the incident. Initially, the commission withheld both fighter's purses -- McGregor's at $3 million, Nurmagomedov's at $2 million -- but has since released McGregor's. The commission is expected to file complaints against both fighters by Wednesday.

Before the melee even broke out, UFC 229 had already broken records for live gate sales and pay-per-view buys. The sold-out event generated $17.2 million in ticket sales, making it the second highest gate in UFC history, the first in Las Vegas alone. More than two million people paid to watch the fight on TV, shattering the previous record.