The main event of 229 UFC and, perhaps, one of the most important in the history of UFC ended up with an upsetting scandal. The conflict between two great UFC sportsmen Conor McGregor and Khabib Nugmagomedov started several years ago and went far beyond the octagon.
McGregor is known for having no filter for what he speaks. Conor often offends his opponents and regularly crosses the line, touching personal or very vulnerable issues. He has been repeatedly blamed for being homophobic, intolerant to races, nationalities, and religions. Sports society has already got used to McGregor’s behavior, taking all the things he does as a kind of self-promotion and part of his image. The sportsman made a good show out of his fights. And that brings him lots of money and fame and will, probably, stay his main source of income after finishing his sports career.
Most visitors and viewers of 229 UFC Fight Night were ready for another Conor’s provocation. However, they were truly wondered seeing Khabib Nurmagomedov being an initiator of the greatest scandal of the fight night.
The fight of Nurmagomedov and McGregor started without any problem. However, it was finished sooner than expected by the victory of the sportsman of Dagestani origin Khabin Nurmagomedov. Unfortunately, instead of celebrating his victory, Khabib answered a provocation of McGregor’s team and tried to start a fight with his coaches. Luckily, the fight was stopped quickly and none of the sportsmen’s teams was seriously injured.
However, the accident had sad consequences for the winner. At the beginning of the fight, both sportsmen had nearly equal chances for caring the champion belt. However, after the end of the fight, the belt was given to nobody. The UFC administration thinks that behavior of Nurmagomedov is a violation of the rules of the promotion. That may lead to canceling the results of the fight and taking the champion title from Khabib Nurmagomedov. If the decision will be taken, the sportsmen have to repeat their fight again to decide who will take the champion belt.
Sports society doesn’t support the actions of Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, many sports critics have already called the UFC decision not fair. They think that potential punishment Nurmagomedov may get is too strict for the case. The main provocateur of the conflict is still the Irish fighter, while the aggressive answer of his opponent could be predicted. Even taking into consideration a kind of non-sport behavior, Nurmagomedov, still proved his privilege in MMA fighting, so the decision to repeat the champion fight can be ridiculous.
At the same time, sports critics say that Nurmagomedov may take a fighting ban or may pay monetary compensation to the organization and, probably, to those members of McGregor’s team who could suffer from Khabib’s aggressive actions. However, the exact result and the decision of UFC commission is still on its way.