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SportUFC bans the Conor McGregor fan who ran into the Octagon at UFC 229 to protect Conor

17:20  07 december  2018
17:20  07 december  2018 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Fan who ran into Octagon to help McGregor at UFC 229 : ‘I thought Conor could be killed.’ By Andy Nesbitt October 16, 2018 9:34 pm. Fearing for Conor McGregor ’s life, a fellow Irishman took his own life in his hands and leaped into the Octagon to save the beaten fight on Oct.

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UFC bans the Conor McGregor fan who ran into the Octagon at UFC 229 to protect Conor © Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports USA TODAY

Back in October we told you the story of 41-year-old David Martin, the Conor McGregor fan who ran into the Octagon during the madness that had erupted at the end of UFC 229 following the Khabib Nurmagomedov-McGregor fight in Las Vegas.

Now there is an update. Martin, who said he went in the Octagon to make sure his fellow countryman had some protection, has been banned by the UFC from attending any events in the United States until further notice.

Martin told For The Win on Thursday night that he hadn't heard anything at all from the UFC about that night until he received a letter from them on Thursday.

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A huge post- fight brawl marred Khabib Nurmagomedov’s stunning win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 as violence spilled from the cage and into the When tensions had quelled Khabib was forced to leave the octagon flanked by security officials without being handed his belt, as debris rained down

Martin, who's originally from Ireland but now lives in California, shared the letter, as well as his response, in an Instagram post:

Here is Martin's response to the UFC (which you can see above if you hit the arrow to show the second photo) in full:

This evening (Dec 6th at 4:42pm PST) I received a "NOTICE of Action by Zuffa, LLC dba UFC" by email from UFC's Chief Legal Officer and Executive VP, banning me from future UFC events for entering the Octagon on October 6th. The following is that letter and my official response to the UFC.

Dear Mr. Campbell, On Saturday, Oct 6th in the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas NV, I witnessed an individual (Conor McGregor) being "stormed" and assaulted after the UFC 229 main event had officially ended. Simultaneously I witnessed the lapse in security to prevent or properly address the "storm" followed by the assault in a timely or an appropriate manner. I understood the majority of security were involved in an alternate incident outside the cage. It was my perception and understanding that the individual (Conor McGregor) was in a life threating situation and was left defenseless after being likely exhausted from his fight. Irrespective of what was legal or not, my actions and priorities were to protect that individual (Conor McGregor) from harm and possible death and therefore I positioned myself appropriately, as any Irish man in my seat would have likely done.

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Conor McGregor has got quite the dedicated fanbase. If you've spent any time in Las Vegas in the days leading up to a McGregor fight , you Earlier this week, UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier told the story of one Irish fan who refused to sit idly by and watch the UFC

“ Conor McGregor , who I’m not a defender of, was where he was supposed to be, doing what he was supposed to do,” he said. “He was a licensed fighter Khabib had flown over the Octagon and thrown a jumping kick at into Dillon Danis. So, first off, your facts are wrong that Conor threw the first punch.

With that said, I fully understand it is absolutely unacceptable for persons not directly involved with the event to enter the Octagon. The last thing we want to incite or trigger is a riot, with members of the public storming the Octagon. This is why I jumped onto Daniel Cormier's back and held him with all my strength and pleaded with him not to enter the Octagon. You see, Daniel was extremely upset with what was transpiring on the other side of the Octagon, something he admitted in a post-event interview. I was screaming at Daniel, in his ear, as I was wrapped around him. The last thing I wanted was an upset heavyweight involved in a brawl. Thankfully Daniel agreed to calm down and not enter.

I am certain once you review the footage from the aftermath, which has not been made public, you will also see and hear me prevent Khabib from returning to the Octagon by holding the door and rejecting the requests from security to let him return. You should also hear me ask Daniel Cormier (who had since entered the Octagon himself) to ensure Khabib is pinned and doesn't move as security was still failing at this point and Khabib was saying he wanted to attack Conor McGregor.

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Wow, Daniel Cormier wasn't just making this up: The guy actually ran into the octagon to help out Conor McGregor . Video: Daniel Cormier's crazy story of fan helping Conor McGregor during UFC 229 brawl is true.

UFC champion Daniel Cormier, who was seated in front of the fan , watched it all go down and shared the story during an appearance on "Ariel Helwani's MMA He was just, like, a fan that jumped the rail when everyone else jumped the rail. Got all the way to the Octagon - he was, like, checking on Conor .

In that unreleased footage, you will also see me holding Conor McGregor and hear me speaking to him asking him to breathe and stay where he is with me.

Once it was clear things were in control and Conor McGregor was not at risk of being violently assaulted by thugs, I exited the Octagon and returned to my seat.

While I wholeheartedly respect and support the imperative requirement that nobody should under any circumstances enter the Octagon, I do firmly believe my actions the night of October 6th, in the T-Mobile Las Vegas arena, were of a unique circumstance, they contributed to the peace in the arena and ultimately to the well being and safety of the athletes, the attendees, and arena employees.

This ban is not just a ban on attendance, it's a ban on protecting others from violent physical assault, it's a ban on peacekeeping, it's a ban on doing the right thing. In the spirit of the bigger picture and to set a clear and proper example to the attendees that they should under no circumstances enter the Octagon, I accept the ban. But under the circumstances that once it is lifted, I get the seat of my choice for the next Conor McGregor card.

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Conor McGregor reacts to UFC loss – but did The moment Khabib Nurmagomedov jumps into the crowd after beating Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for UFC 229 . McGregor 's attackers have been revealed and banned from UFC but the Irishman has decided he will NOT press

A huge brawl broke out after Khabib Nurmagomedov soundly defeated Conor McGregor in the fourth round of the UFC 229 title fight . Khabib jumped the fence and went after McGregor 's corner, while a random member of Khabib's team jumped into the Octagon to attack McGregor himself, who was

McGregor's next fight has yet to be announced but it looks like if it's in the US, Martin will most likely be watching on TV.

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