FOOTAGE HAS emerged revealing the origins of the mass brawl that erupted in the wake of Conor McGregor's defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
The Las Vegas descending into chaos in the immediate aftermath of the Russian's win, which came after the Notorious tapped out in the fourth round of the fight.
Rather than bask in the glory of his victory, Nurmagomedov climbed out of the Octagon, launching himself in the general direction of the Irishman's team.
Now, newly discovered fan footage on Twitter has revealed what prompted the Russian to mount his shocking attack.
In the clip, which was filmed seconds after McGregor taps out, the president of Nurmagomedov's management agency, Rizvan Magomedov, can be seen walking over McGregor's group.
Magomedov, who can be seen wearing a blue suit, reacts to confirmation of the win by patronisingly slapping McGregor's training partner, Dillon Danis, on the back.
Danis doesn't take to kindly to it, sparking a confrontation which sees the pair squaring up to each other.
Footage of how the #UFC229 brawl started has emerged. It shows Dominance MMA's Rizvan Magomedov taunting Dillon Danis moments after Conor McGregor is submitted. Danis pushes him away, an act Khabib saw and prompted him to scale the cage an try dropkick him. H/T to @MIKERUSSELLMMA pic.twitter.com/aLNCGr1AwR
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) October 9, 2018
But before any blows can be exchanged Nurmagomedov, who spotted what was happening, launches himself feet first at Danis.
The Russian can then be seen aiming punches at Danis, who was left with bruises after the incident.
Though police and security eventually step in and pull Nurmagomedov away, the fighter was nevertheless hit with a 10-day ban.
McGregor was also suspended for his part in the incident in a move that has left Nurmagomedov considering a potential move away from the sport.
Khabib: “I told you guys he is tap machine he cannot fight 5 rounds” 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/d4Jhu1YzEf
— Hazem (@ZahabHazem) October 13, 2018
Another clip obtained also saw the Russian backstage after the match, branding the Irishman a "tap machine" after claiming a comprehensive victory over his rival.
McGregor has already taken to Twitter to call for a rematch, but those plans could be thrown into doubt if his rival turns his back on UFC.