Drama unfolded at the UFC Austin host hotel as UFC lightweight veteran Bobby Green alleged an attack by UFC Austin headliner Arman Tsarukyan and his team.
Taking to Instagram, Green shared a series of videos displaying a tense confrontation with a group of individuals, one of whom appeared to be Tsarukyan. In a subsequent video, Green admitted to punching someone he believed was associated with Tsarukyan, asserting his readiness to defend himself if instigated.
The visibly upset Green explained,
“Hey, I won’t be starting nothing with nobody, but if you start that s*** with me, I’m definitely gonna finish it.” He recounted the incident, stating, “So this b******* ran up on me and s*** trying to start that s***. He didn’t know I was gonna finish s***. I socked one of his homies. Stop playing with me, bro.”
Amidst the chaos, Green called for someone to identify the individuals involved, highlighting their initial aggression and subsequent change in demeanor when faced with Green and his companions.
An official from the UFC acknowledged the incident, stating that they are investigating the matter. Green's representatives from the Iridium Sports Agency later released a statement, asserting that Green was targeted and attacked by a member of Tsarukyan's team without provocation, prompting Green to defend himself and his coach from the aggressive group.
Tsarukyan, set to headline UFC Austin against Beneil Dariush, finds himself embroiled in this controversy. Meanwhile, Green, originally slated to face Dan Hooker before Hooker's withdrawal due to injury, is now set to fight Jalin Turner in the co-main event.
This altercation adds further tension to an already significant event, as Tsarukyan pursues victory in the Octagon against Dariush while Green gears up to face Turner. The fallout from this altercation could have ramifications for both fighters, altering the dynamics of the upcoming UFC spectacle in Austin.