Earlier this month, Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov flipped the mixed martial arts (MMA) world upside down. Following Khabib’s fourth-round submission win over McGregor at UFC 229, both men’s teams engaged in a huge post-fight brawl inside and outside of the Octagon. Both McGregor and Khabib are facing possible complaints from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
A large portion of the MMA community believes the brawl was a black eye on the sport, and set its legitimacy back a few years. Former UFC mega-star and current WWE Monday Night Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey offered her thoughts on the matter. Speaking to TMZ, Rousey said you don’t need to break bus windows and brawl outside of the cage to promote fights:
“I understand promoting fights and having to sell them. I really do. But, I don’t think people have to get arrested in order to do that. I think I’ve been able to prove that you can make a fight exciting and make people really wanna see it without crossing any legal lines.
“I think that Khabib jumping out of the Octagon was not as bad as throwing objects at a bus, because my friend Rose Namajunas was on that bus. My friend Michael Chiesa missed his fight because [he got cut by the glass].
“I think, if you’re gonna draw the line there, you should have drawn it before that. I just feel like there has to be equal treatment all the way across the board. I don’t think that anyone should get special treatment because they’re a bigger draw.”
H/T WrestleZone for the transcriptions