Khabib: ‘UFC 223 Bus Incident Was Organized With UFC’s Help’
Undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor in the fourth round via neck crank to retain the lightweight title at UFC 229 last Saturday, but the astounding result was immediately overshadowed by a post-fight brawl that incites riots inside and outside the Octagon.
Khabib said post-fight brawl would never have happened at the first place if Mcgregor didn’t initiate the infamous UFC 223 bus attack, where Irishman traveled to NewYork with his goons at Barclay’s center to confront Russian.
In his most recent interview with Russian station Channel 1, Khabib said he feels that UFC has a part role in Mcgregor’s infamous UFC 223 bus attack. Nurmagomedov express his disappointment on how promotion brought up bus attack in the buildup of his fight against Conor.
“I was offended that all the hype leading up to this fight focused on the idea that he attacked and I didn’t get off the bus,” he said in Russian. “It was a shame and I asked the Almighty for the fight to happen and the cage door to close with us in it so everyone could find out who is who. Who actually sits on the bus and who doesn’t.” (H/T MMAMania)
“All the other situations, it has been me with my team of about 20 people … But in the in the end I was told for media day I have to go alone, I was riding not with my team but with all the other red corner fighters on the card. So I had one man and my manager with me.”
”When I think back there are so many questions I don’t have the answer to, did they do it all on purpose?” he asked. “In my personal opinion, I feel like the bus incident was organized with UFC’s help. I can’t accuse them, but I would give it 70% that they did it. I wanted to get off the bus and all the other fighters on the bus confirmed this in their interviews, and all the managers as well.”
”It all happened in a minute in a half, two minutes max,” Khabib continued. “He’s there with his cameras and his PR team with him shooting. An important point: the Barclays Center is a very big arena, a 20,000 person arena, but he knew where we were exactly. How could they have known? And how did they enter the arena with a gang of 20, 30 men? Come on.”
”Conor has nothing to do with this media event and has a gang with him but these jokers lead him and everyone to the elevator where our bus is?” Khabib shrugged disbelief. “I’m an athlete, but I’m also educated. My brain works pretty well for 15 years of fighting. I haven’t taken many shots to the head so I still have brains.”
Currently, Khabib is on temporary suspension by NSAC for his role in a post-fight brawl and facing further fines and sanctions.
Share your thought, do you think UFC had something to do with Conor Mcgregor’s infamous bus attack?