UFC welterweight contender Kamaru Usman and his manager Ali Abdelaziz were involved in a skirmish with fans at PFL 1 in New York.
There were 11 total fights that took place in the PFL cage on Thursday night, and at least one other that took place in the crowd. The common denominator between them all is that they all involved professional MMA fighters.
PFL 1, the kickoff of the organization’s regular season, took place at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Sometime during the event, a fight broke out in the crowd between UFC welterweight contender Kamaru Usman, along with his manager Ali Abdelaziz, and other members of the crowd. Check out the video of the melee below, posted by the Viral Paradise Network YouTube page.
As it looks in the video, nobody seemed to be injured during the brawl. Usman has won his last 12 bouts, including all eight of his UFC appearances. “The Nigerian Nightmare” most recently defeated two-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia by unanimous decision last month in the main event of UFC Fight Night 129. Earlier this week, Usman has called for a fight with rising 170-pounder Darren Till.
While there was a little bit of action in the crowd at the Hulu Theater, the action delivered in the cage at PFL 1. In the main event, Andre Harrison had a dominant 15-minute performance over Juma Tuerxun to pick up a unanimous decision victory and three regular season points.
Lance Palmer took on Bekbulat Magomedov in the featherweight co-main event. After winning the first round, Palmer was able to use his high-level ground game to pick up a second-round submission victory with a rear-naked choke.
Despite being two of the favorites to come out of the 145-pound division, Harrison and Palmer currently rank behind Steven Siler and Alexandre Almeida, who both picked up first-round finishes, in the regular season standings. The top-eight fighters from each division will move on to the playoffs, which seems likely for both Harrison and Palmer.