Max Holloway Issues Statement On UFC 229 Khabib & McGregor Brawl

Respect begets respect.

While most MMA fans criticised Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor over their post-fight brawl, reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway took the higher road and offered some kind words to both UFC stars.

‘The Blessed’ took to Twitter and gave his take on the controversial melee, following Nurmagomedov’s successful title-defence against the Irish star last Saturday at the illustrious T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Disappointed

It only took one night for Khabib to elevate and at the same time stain his legacy in the world of mixed martial arts.

The 30-year old slugger starred in the biggest fight of the promotion’s history against an equally-dangerous challenger in McGregor. After months of hyping the highly-anticipated bout, the two UFC stars finally locked horns last night in front of a mammoth crowd in Las Vegas.  When the dust finally settled, it was Khabib who emerged on top, en route to winning his 27th consecutive victory in as many matches.

It was one of the most significant moments in Nurmagomedov’s career. He proved that his perfect 26-0 record was no fluke. He showed that the McGregor’s insults in pre-fight pressers did not even affect him psychologically. He was dominant. He was composed. But not until he jumped off the cage and attacked Conor’s teammate Dillon Danis.

From that point, his moment was ruined.

Khabib’s action sparked a bigger brawl involving members and fans of both camps inside and outside the venue, to go down as one of the ugliest moments in sports history.

UFC President Dana White expressed his dismay over the shocking brawl, which led to the arrest of three members from Khabib’s camp. He also opened the possibilities of the promotion stripping ‘The Eagle’ of his lightweight belt for his unsportsmanlike behaviour.

“Been doing this for 18 years, and the biggest night ever, I couldn’t be more disappointed. I’m not even mad. I’m just really disappointed.”

“If he gets suspended, it depends on how long his suspension is,” White said. “And if it’s a long suspension, yeah, he’s probably going to get it stripped.”

Better Leaders

It is easy to judge Nurmagomedov and McGregor now after pulling off violent stunts in front of thousands of sports fans. UFC 229 will not only be remembered as one of the most lucrative fights in the history. Its ugly parts will go along with it in the history books.

But for Max Holloway, these two elite fighters should not be defined by that one moment alone. “The Blessed” refused to look at the ugly parts of yesterday’s massive clash and instead looked back on how Khabib and Conor showed him respect and support during his struggle early this year.

Days before his bout against Brian Ortega at UFC 226, Holloway was ruled out to fight because of health issues. He commended both Khabib and Conor for reaching out to him when he was rushed to the hospital.

He also added that they are ‘better leaders’ compared to what the fans saw last weekend, but he reminded them to show what being a champion is all about.

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