UFC 286 blackout: Octagon lights go out during Mokaev vs. Filho fight (Video)

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UFC 286 arena lights go out during Mokaev vs. Filho fight (Video)

UFC 286 went off without a hitch ... almost.

Just as the timer set for the Muhammad Mokaev vs. Jafel Filho fight, to open the UFC 286 prelims, the lights in the arena went out. The fight was haulted while the issue was fixed but the lights remained out for at least a few minutes.

During the blackout the crowd lit up their cell phones and began to chat and the UFC 286 commentary desperately filled the darkness with their play-by-play.

MMA Twitter, of course had fun with the moment.

The commentary team seemed to worry of the start-stop could have played into the psyche of either of the fighters, but that didn't appear to be the case as the fight continued like normal when the lights resumed.

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UFC 286: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 takes place on Saturday, March 18 2023, live from the O2 Arena in London, England. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your live results and highlights throughout fight week.