Khabib Nurmagomedov may have successfully defended his lightweight strap at UFC 229, but he was offended by how the gigantic showdown was hyped…
The Russian champ spoke with Moscow’s Channel One last Friday where he flaunted his own theory that the Ultimate Fighting Championship was the brain behind Conor McGregor’s infamous bus attack last April.
The promotion then utilized the incident as its main hype machine for the biggest fight in its history featuring Nurmagomedov and McGregor.
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Too Hot To Handle
In case you missed it, Nurmagomedov and McGregor starred in the highly-anticipated UFC 229 last weekend at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Dagestan native welcomed the Irish star back in the Octagon after a lengthy layoff.
When the dust settled, Nurmagomedov proved to be too hot to handle as he dominated McGregor the entire match. ‘The Eagle’ scored his 27th win in as many bouts after nailing a fight-clinching neck crank in the fourth round.
But in a shocking turn of events, the reigning lightweight champ lost his composure and jumped over the cage to attack one of McGregor’s cornermen Dillon Danis. The incident resulted in bigger brawls inside and outside the arena involving members and fans of both camps.
Three members from Team Khabib were reportedly arrested after the incident while the Nevada State Athletic Commission decided to withhold Nurmagomedov’s disclosed 2 million-paycheck, following the ugly post-fight brawl.
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Despite the controversy, the promotion earned a shot at history as the UFC 229 headliner scored a record-shattering 2.4 million pay-per-view buys – a proof that the UFC succeeded in using the bus incident as a glamorous lure for MMA fans.
In the interview with the Russian TV channel, the Dagestan pride expressed his dismay over the hype focusing on him not getting off the bus when the Irish star and his teammates assaulted them in Brooklyn.
“I was offended that all the hype leading up to this fight focused on the idea that he attacked and I didn’t get off the bus. It was a shame and I asked the Almighty for the fight to happen and the cage door to close with us in it so everyone could find out who is who. Who actually sits on the bus and who doesn’t.”
The 30-year old fighter then exclaimed that the promotion assisted ‘The Notorious’ in staging the bus incident.
“When I think back there are so many questions I don’t have the answer to, did they do it all on purpose? In my personal opinion, I feel like the bus incident was organised with UFC’s help. I can’t accuse them, but I would give it 70% that they did it. I wanted to get off the bus and all the other fighters on the bus confirmed this in their interviews, and all the managers as well.”
“It all happened in a minute in a half, two minutes max. He’s there with his cameras and his PR team with him shooting. An important point: the Barclays Center is a very big arena, a 20,000 person arena, but he knew where we were exactly. How could they have known? And how did they enter the arena with a gang of 20, 30 men? Come on.”
“Conor McGregor has nothing to do with this media event and has a gang with him but these jokers lead him and everyone to the elevator where our bus is?” Khabib shrugged disbelief. “I’m an athlete, but I’m also educated. My brain works pretty well for 15 years of fighting. I haven’t taken many shots to the head so I still have brains.”
“If you watch the footage, you can see that the bus almost gets to the gate, and then suddenly it stops and pull back. Why? If you see that some people are attacking the bus, then you should keep moving and get outside (from the parking lot). But then you stop and pull back. Why?.”
With Conor and Khabib starring in yet another ugly brawl, do not be surprised if the UFC uses the footage of the post-fight melee if it is time to build up their rematch.
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