Ugly incident a black eye for the sport

What was supposed to be Khabib Nurmagomedov's crowning achievement in mixed martial artson Saturday became his most shameful.

Moments after retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title by making the sport's biggest name - Conor McGregor - tap at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, the Russian fighter sparked ugly scenes by jumping out of the Octagon and diving into the crowd.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2018, with the headline 'Ugly incident a black eye for the sport'. Print Edition | Subscribe