Machine Gun Kelly and Conor McGregor get into a fight on MTV VMAs red carpet

"Conor only fights fighters," a representative for the UFC fighter said

Footage has emerged of Machine Gun Kelly and UFC fighter Conor McGregor having a fight on the red carpet at the MTV VMA awards last night (September 12) – watch it below.

Kelly was at the awards, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to perform his new song ‘Papercuts’ with Travis Barker, while McGregor was presenting the Artist of the Year award, which went to Justin Bieber.

As footage shows, the pair had an altercation outside the awards on the red carpet. According to a report from People, the origin of the fight came when McGregor was refused a photo opportunity with the singer and rapper by Kelly’s team, which led him to allegedly swing his cane in Kelly’s direction.


“[McGregor] was ready to throw fists,” a source told People. “Security was having trouble holding him back.”

In a statement to Page Six after the altercation, a representative for McGregor said: “Conor only fights fighters.”

See footage of the fight below:


Machine Gun Kelly won in the only category he was nominated for at this year’s VMAs, taking home the Best Alternative award for his Blackbear collaboration ‘My Ex’s Best Friend’. The song is lifted from last year’s ‘Tickets to My Downfall’.

Elsewhere at the awards, Ed Sheeran performed ‘Shivers’ and ‘Bad Habits’ alongside a host of other performers including Kacey Musgraves, Foo FightersLil Nas XTwenty One PilotsOlivia Rodrigo and Justin Bieber.

See the full list of winners from the MTV VMAs 2021 here.