There seems to be a lot of finger pointing in the aftermath of UFC 229, the mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) that ended with Khabib Nurmagomedov submitting Conor McGregor in the main event (highlights), then diving into the crowd to brawl with “Notorious” teammate Dillon Danis (replay here).
The lightweight “Eagle” believes the combat sports media is to blame for promoting trash talkers like McGregor, who hold nothing back during the build up to a fight and cut loose on family, religion, politics, and whatever else is deemed fair game.
Outspoken pundits (like this guy), meanwhile, are holding the promotion accountable for its “Bad Blood” narrative while hyping the Khabib-McGregor feud, suggesting that Dana White lit the fuse — then feigned surprise when the bomb went off.
“Dumbest quote I ever heard in my life, you’re an idiot whoever wrote that,” White told ESPN’s First Take. “The way that we promoted this fight was exactly the way that this thing played out. That’s all part of the storyline. Almost 20 years we’ve been doing this, we've had plenty of fights where there’s tons of bad blood and we don’t have fights after the fights. We have scuffles with guys in the back, I mean this is the fight business and a lot of people don't like each other. That’s a stupid opinion.”
It should be noted the “Bad Blood” video preview was taken down immediately after the event. I think now is also a good time to point out that White grants leniency to troublesome fighters, so long as they do gangbusters at the box office.
Even though it often leads to this.
McGregor was in hot water earlier this year for his Brooklyn bus attack (video) and found himself in front of the local magistrate to answer for his crimes. While the end result for Nurmagomedov is likely to be much less dramatic, “The Eagle” will still need to appear before Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and face potential disciplinary action.
Let’s hope UFC has a camera there to capture footage for marketing a potential Khabib-McGregor rematch.