Amidst the post-fight chaos inside and outside the Octagon at UFC 229 in Las Vegas earlier this month it turns out that a fan made it all the way inside the cage and got to Conor McGregor.
However, according to Daniel Cormier, despite all the violence and bad blood that was boiling over from the fight and everything that had went on before it, the fan wasn’t looking for trouble.
“There’s a guy behind me,” Cormier told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “He’s wearing this nice jacket. … So he’s standing behind me, and he goes, ‘Who do you got in the fight?’ This guy’s completely not into the game, right? So I go, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna go Khabib.’ 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. He just climbed the rail and got back in his seat. I was like, ‘What in the world just happened!? What in the world just happened!?’ It was crazy. How did this dude end up in the octagon, and then he checked to make sure Conor was OK, and then he went back and sat down.”
The fan in question, David Martin, has since come forward to confirm what happened.
“@arielhelwani @ForTheWin @dc_mma glad you liked my jacket [👊🏻] [☘],” Martin wrote. “There is another story to my first Octagon appearance.”
Martin then shared a WhatsApp thread from the night of the fights featuring his mother, wife and sister as they watched on in disbelief as they witnessed him inside the Octagon.
The WhatsApp thread between my Wife, Mother and Sister as they watched my Octagon appearance live from Dublin / Napa Valley.
Conclusion – Mothers always have the best advice @arielhelwani @ForTheWin @dc_mma #scoutstraining pic.twitter.com/aKvGdwOlqG
— David Martin (@Sir_DavidMartin) 17 October 2018