If you’re a mixed martial arts (MMA) fan, there’s no way you missed UFC 229 last week. WWE Hall Of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin certainly didn’t miss it. In the main event of the evening, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his title against former champion Conor McGregor.
The fight was McGregor’s first in the UFC in nearly two years. Unfortunately for the Irishman, Khabib secured a fourth-round submission win via neck crank. After the fight, a brawl broke out between both teams. Dillon Danis, McGregor’s cornerman and training partner, was yelling insults at Khabib from cageside. This forced Khabib to jump the Octagon and attack Danis.
As they brawled outside the cage, Khabib’s teammates came into the Octagon and attacked McGregor. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is investigating the matter and punishments will be handed down at a later date. Khabib has had his fight purse withheld by the NSAC, while McGregor has been paid. It’s expected that Khabib will receive the worst of the punishment given he sparked the ordeal.
In his recent podcast, Austin explained why he hopes the UFC and/or NSAC don’t drop the hammer down too hard on “The Eagle”:
“I don’t think they should go too heavy-handed on the guy with all that s–t that [has] gone on, with suspensions being handed down the road with different talents. The Conor thing with the bus, all that bulls–t. It was another day at the office for me. The bad thing is the kid didn’t get a chance to do an interview with Joe Rogan and get presented his title belt.
“At 27-0, he should’ve earned the opportunity to receive that belt, get it placed around his waist by Dana White, but like Dana White said, he goes, ‘man, I can’t put this belt on you right here in the ring. It’s going to cause a riot.’ And it probably would have. But, nonetheless, the kid missed his moment.
“He has been training hard. There has been some trash talking going on there. Obviously, he took it very personally and did what he did. Like I said, he kind of went into business for himself, shot and angle, worked himself into a shoot, and we’ll see what kind of fines they hand down to him, but I was entertained.
“It was cool. Too bad the kid did not get his moment. That’s the way it goes. But we’ll see how they spin out of this and use this to draw and to a super fight between round two of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“So anyway, I was entertained by it, but it sure did look like a damn angle straight out of pro wrestling book. I’ll just leave it at that. It was an interesting night for the UFC. I got my $60 worth.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions