The Real Fight Between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov
On October 6th Conor McGregor, a native of Dublin, Ireland, and Khabib Nurmagomedov, a native of Tsumadinsky District, Russia, had fought inside and outside of the octagon. Inside the octagon, Khabib defeated McGregor via submission by a rear naked choke in the fourth round). There were clear signs of animosity, as they did not touch gloves at the start of the fight, despite UFC custom. In the middle of the fight, Khabib even slapped McGregor just to disrespect him. After the fight, Khabib attempted a flying jump kick on Dillon Danis, McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, which began a heated brawl with fans filming and others trying to break up the fight.
The animosity between the two goes back to the week of April 6th, 2018, when Khabib squared off in a hotel with another one of McGregor’s training partners, Artem Lobov. Beyond the physical confrontation, they argued in their native tongue, during which Khabib demanded Lobov not to mention his name. Because of this confrontation, Conor McGregor and a few of his friends traveled from Ireland to Brooklyn to find Khabib’s bus in Barclay’s center. He threw trolleys into the windows, smashed them, and injured one of the men in Khabib’s bus with cuts due to glass shards. The fighter was deemed unfit to fight and his fight was postponed.
Eventually, Conor McGregor began to speak ill of Russia, Khabib’s Muslim faith, and Khabib’s family, even calling Khabib’s trainer, Ali Abdelaziz, a “snitch terrorist rat,” because of his name and religion according to MMAFighting.com. Khabib generally kept his chin up and kept his demeanor around McGregor professional, but he lost it on October 6th. While he didn’t initiate the fight, McGregor is not without blame. McGregor joined in on the fight and threw a few punches, and Zubaira Tukhugov, one of Khabib’s teammates, joined as well.
After this fight, Dana White, the president of UFC, withheld Khabib’s winnings and gave McGregor his purse. This leads fans to wonder whether Dana White has a bias for McGregor since both he and Khabib were guilty of participating in this fight, but Khabib has his payment withheld, unlike McGregor. Also, McGregor was not punished by UFC for the bus attack but was sentenced to community service by New York State. McGregor is known to be UFC’s moneymaker, so some fans believe that McGregor is given special bias by UFC, other fans believe that Khabib is in the wrong and deserves the punishments given to him. It comes down to the question: do two wrongs make a right?
One anonymous sophomore says (in reference to Khabib attempting to attack Dillon Dannis), “Well I don’t know if it’s right but it’s what always happens and Conor has a way about himself that always puts on a good show, therefore, he is a valuable member of the UFC.” Essentially, the fight was more or less a cash grab for Dana White and the rest of the UFC. Ethan Friedman, also a sophomore, says that “The whole fight after the main event was stupid. It should’ve been where Khabib choked out McGregor, he showed him up, and that’s it. It shouldn’t have been anything more.” Most belive they both did wrong and that the whole argument in itself is futile and childish. Personally, I believe that McGregor got what he deserved because he shouldn’t have disrespected Khabib and his trainer because of their religion.
The video of the end of the fight and after it is here: