UFC 229 went down inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Headlining the live pay-per-view, undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor within the fourth round.
Nurmagomedov then leaped out of the octagon and sparked a massive brawl between the two opposing fight camps. Two-division UFC champion and teammate to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier was cage side with his family for the event.
During the fracas, D.C. was eventually able to get close enough to Khabib Nurmagomedov to attempt to calm down the victorious fighter. Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Daniel Cormier has since come forward to reveal that UFC President Dana White has paid for D.C.’s tickets as a form of condensation for his help in calming the brawl.
“I was trying to go up to talk to him and they kept pushing me. But, he kept telling them, ‘This is my captain, let him through.’ So when I finally got close enough to him I told him, ‘Hey, what in the world is going on? What are you doing? You have got to calm down.”
“And he said, ‘Okay captain, give me my belt.’ The dude was worked up. I have honestly never seen him act like that.”
“I buy tickets. I buy tickets for my kids to go to the fights. We were given tickets and I buy tickets and then the whole fight happens. Then Dana calls me back and says, ‘We are giving you your money back because you helped us calm everybody down. We can’t charge you for tickets.’”
Of course, tickets for UFC 229 ranged from $205 to a staggering $2,505 per seat. With Cormier having been cage side, it is fair to say that the two-division champion likely paid a little on the pricier side for his seats before the UFC comped his purchases.