There was a lot going on at UFC 229 after Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor and then jumped the cage to go after McGregor’s corner. One thing that happened and went mostly under the radar was the story of a fan who managed to get into the cage, just to make sure McGregor was OK.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on his ESPN talk show earlier this week, Daniel Cormier shared his account of the story (transcribed by MMA Junkie).
“There’s a guy behind me. He’s wearing this nice jacket…So after the fight, when we all jumped the rail, I’m like in the octagon pushing, and the guy’s like checking on Conor. He was like a fan. He was just like a fan that jumped the rail when everyone else jumped the rail and got all the way to the octagon – he was like checking on Conor. I (later) asked my wife, ‘Salina, what happened with that guy? Was he with McGregor?’ She goes, ‘Daniel, after he went and checked to make sure Conor was OK, he just got back in his seat.’ I swear to God. “
So this alleged guy with a nice jacket verified Cormier’s story on Tuesday with a tweet and video. David Martin can be seen running into the cage at the beginning of the video. As things began to calm down, Martin still hung around and just acted like he belonged – and it seemed to work! Martin can also be seen pounding his chest and pointing to a friend who was filming the scene with a laugh.
As CM Punk told Mickey Gall after they fought two years ago, “Fake it ’till you make it.” Looks like UFC fan David Martin took that to heart.
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