‘They’re Fighting in the Stands!’- Daniel Cormier Interrupts UFC 262 Commentary as Fans Start a Brawl in the Stands

Published 05/15/2021, 9:31 PM EDT


The UFC was the first promotion to put on live sports way back last year when the pandemic was raging. Although it received a lot of criticism, Dana White and his team marched forward and continued to entertain the fans as they held events at the UFC Apex and Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

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However, fights at the UFC Apex or Fight Island with no fans always felt incomplete. Just as they were the first to put on live events during the pandemic, White stated that they would be the first to welcome back fans to an event in full capacity. The UFC did just that at UFC 261 in Jacksonville. UFC 262 in Houston was the second event to have a full capacity crowd, where things got just a bit heated.

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Pandemonium at UFC 262 

A few clips shared on social media showed something interesting happening during the fights tonight. While Lando Vannata took on Mike Grundy in a featherweight division bout, an all-out brawl erupted in the stands. 

While the fight was going on, Daniel Cormier interrupted commentary to comment on an all-out brawl going in the stands. In the video, UFC fans saw spectators in attendance brawling each other as security tried to pull them apart. A similar situation happened a few weeks back when Chris Arreola took on Andy Ruiz Jr. Multiple brawls broke out in the stands and fans had to be thrown out of the arena. 

Lando Vannata secures a unanimous decision win

Despite the distractions, Vannata was able to secure a split-decision win over Grundy. During the fight, Vannata landed an impressive 83 total strikes, with an accuracy of 48%. Furthermore, he landed 80 significant strikes with an accuracy of 48% as well. Also, ‘Groovy’, who was exceptional in his takedown defense, stuffed 17 of 20 attempted takedowns by Grundy, securing one takedown himself.

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With the victory, ‘Groovy’ has now bounced back into the win column after succumbing to a loss in his previous outing against Bobby Green. He will aim to build on his performance tonight and continue securing more wins.

What did you make of the fight? Did you have Vannata winning the fight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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