One of many pre-fight storylines forward of UFC 279 was the backstage fracas that unfolded earlier than the pre-fight presser on Thursday. Based on preliminary experiences, the events concerned had been the occasion’s important card fighters, specifically Kevin Holland, Khamzat Chimaev, and Nate Diaz’s staff.
The presser was canceled, consequently, which Dana White aptly described as a “shit present.” And apparently, everybody related to the incident might get a harsh sanction from the Nevada Athletic Fee.
The NAC launched a public assertion on Monday (H/T MMA Junkie) stating it will conduct a “full investigation” of the incident.
“The Chairman has been in communications with UFC executives relating to the occasions of September 8. At the moment, the UFC is working with the Nevada Athletic Fee on a full investigation into this incident. If the Nevada Athletic Fee determines that licensees acted improperly, we are going to provoke applicable disciplinary motion in opposition to all concerned,” the assertion reads.
“Though “trash speaking” between aggressive athletes is widespread, any escalation into bodily altercations might discredit the game of unarmed fight and is wholly unacceptable.
“Additional, such conduct might expose individuals to each civil and felony legal responsibility. The Nevada Athletic Fee will act strongly and decisively to safeguard and elevate unarmed fight in Nevada.
“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 functions for brand new candidates, or denying future license renewals.”
Based on White, the incident didn’t do harm to their field workplace gross sales for the occasion, as UFC 279, based on him, is their twenty fifth consecutive sell-out occasion.