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Rory McIlroy ringside as fight breaks out in the crowd in Las Vegas chaos

Rory McIlroy was ringside at the UFC Las Vegas fight.

GOLFER Rory McIlroy was caught up in the ringside chaos, following the UFC clash between Irish fighter Conor McGregor and Russian Khabib Nurmagodemov in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The Russian successfully defeated McGregor, who was making his return to mixed martial arts after a two year hiatus.

However, following the fight Nurmagodemov leaped over the cage surrounding the octagon and attacked McGregor's team-mate Dillon Danis.

Three people were arrested but later released without charge after McGregor refused to press charges.

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The pair have been involved in a very public feud in recent months, with the Dagestan fighter on board a bus, attacked earlier this year by McGregor who smashed a window leaving several fighters injured.

McGregor has already called for a rematch, but there has been criticism of the organisers for hyping up tensions in the run up to the ringside brawl at the T-Mobile Arena.

The chaos took place in front of 18,000 spectators, including Hollywood A-listers and sporting stars.

Rory McIlroy was sitting just feet from where the chaotic scenes broke out.

Also ringside were Hollywood stars Mel Gibson and Matt Damon with singer Drake joining McGregor for the pre match press conference.

BBC Radio Ulster presenter Stephen Nolan was also at the Las Vegas fight, however, not in the vicinity of the fight in the crowd.

He posted on Twitter; "What an incredible, yet disturbing experience at UFC in Vegas .

"UFC very lucky the crowd didn’t start fighting too. That incident last night could have descended into serious civilian injury".

UFC company president Dana White said the Nevada State Athletic Commission was investigating the incident adding that that they were likely to "hand out some type of fine, suspension or whatever".

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