UFC bantamweight fighter Cody Gibson was caught up in a bar room altercation on the night of his UFC 178 loss to Manny Gamburyan just a couple of weeks ago, and the TMZ Sports site has obtained footage from the incident.
The 5ft 10″Gibson, who fights at 135lbs, is seen having a heated discussion with a larger man who then aggressively shoves him backwards. Gibson shows some restraint by not retaliating at that stage, though he does appear to be goading him.
Their argument continues mostly out of ear-shot, with Gibson being overheard saying, “Google me, bitch” at one point, presumably referencing the fact that he’s a UFC fighter.
His adversary is undeterred however, and just a few seconds later while Gibson’s hands are still down by his sides he’s hit flush in the face with a sucker puunch that causes him to stumble backwards.
At that point Gibson raises his hands up in a fighting stance and goes in for a takedown. He lands it, but the man scrambles back up throwing punches. Gibson again looks for a takedown, hoisting him up and dropping him to the floor while other people try to intervene, and it seems that’s as far as it went before they were separated.
Embarrassing stuff all round really, and capped off a bad night for Gibson who had looked to be getting the better of Manny Gamburyan earlier that night in the Octagon before succumbing to a second round guillotine choke.
That left the 27 year-old with an overall 12-5 career record and given that he’s now 1-2 in the UFC the loss could have put him at risk of being released from the promotion. This incident certainly won’t have helped matters, though it does appear that he was acting in self defense and by all accounts no-one was injured and the matter wasn’t reported to the police at the time.
Watch the full incident for yourselves below.