Scores of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans expressed outrage over the $500,000 fine levied against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who also drew a
nine-month one-year suspension for leaping over the cage at UFC 229 and starting a post-fight brawl.
Especially when compared to the $50,000 judgment against opponent Conor McGregor.
Sure, “The Eagle” flew into the crowd to attack Dillon Danis, thereby starting the entire melee — alongside his Dagestani goon squad — but we can’t let stupid things like “facts” get in the way of our online outrage.
“Notorious” and his fans, however, are singing a much different tune.
“I am thankful for the Nevada athletic commission’s fair assessment and handling of the brawl incident,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “It was not my intention to land the final blow of the night on my opponent’s blood relative. It’s just how it played out. I look forward to competing again soon. Thank you all.”
And a little photo evidence never hurt.
Straight left hand inside the attackers jab.
He attempted to use the big security guard that’s in all the movies as cover, but I could smell him a mile away and landed flush down the pipe.
The final blow of the night UFC 229 in association with McGregor Sports and Entertainment. pic.twitter.com/h4GO46oX3a
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2019
Good knock, indeed.
McGregor fell to Nurmagomedov by way of submission and is probably out of title contention for the time being, but there appears to be no shortage of available opponents, ranging from Dustin Poirier to Donald Cerrone.
See you in April?