The MTV VMAs rarely proceeds without controversy and, this year, the controversy started before the show had even begun.
According to clips circulating on social media, an altercation broke out between MMA fighter Conor McGregor and Machine Gun Kelly and his team, with the artist's girlfriend Megan Fox appearing to become entangled in the disturbance.
Watch: Machine Gun Kelly and Conor McGregor nearly brawl on VMA's red carpet
The incident took place on the red carpet outside the Brooklyn Barclays Centre in New York City ahead of the awards show, which Fox and Kelly were attending - Fox to introduce her partner and Kelly to perform with Travis Barker (Barker's girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian also introduced her beau along with Fox).
McGregor was there to present an award on the night, which ultimately went to Justin Bieber.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear, but videos show McGregor becoming animated and moving towards Kelly, Fox and their team. At one point it appears as though McGregor lunges forward with his walking cane and is then held back by security guards. In other videos Fox - and then, Kelly - are then seen being moved away from the scene by members of her security team.
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'I don't know. He showed up, and I don't know. I don't know the guy,' the MMA fighter said. 'Nothing happened with me, I only fight real fighters, people that actually fight, you know what I mean. I certainly don't fight little vanilla boy rappers. I don't even know the guy. I don't know anything about him, except that he's with Megan Fox.'
Both McGregor and Kelly stayed for the rest of the show without any further incidents, with Kelly winning an award and performing. Earlier in the night, he had posed on the red carpet with Fox, who broke the internet wearing a completely sheer Mugler dress with a bedazzled thong underneath.
Watch: Machine Gun Kelly's wild VMA night ends with Megan Fox calling him her 'future baby daddy'
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