Khabib Nurmagomedov does not agree with what Conor McGregor did.
On Thursday, a video was released of McGregor allegedly punching an elderly man in a bar. Since then, many fighters have given their take along with UFC president, Dana White. The boss said it was ‘pretty bad’ and wonders when enough will be enough.
“That happened in April. I knew that happened, they just got the video. It’s pretty bad,” White said to Jim Rome. “Not allegedly, it’s pretty clear [it’s him]. So apparently this was in a pub in Ireland and it was an argument over whiskey. Conor has a whiskey now and it was an argument over the whiskey and Conor reaches out and hits him with a left hook. I don’t know the context of it. I don’t know the entire story but he punches a guy, an older man, in the face.”
Now, Conor McGregor’s rival in Khabib Nurmagomedov weighed in on it and says the Irishman should be in jail for the incident. Not only that, but he says the former champ-champ needs to respect everyone.
“It’s crazy,” Nurmagomedov told TMZ Sports. “All media stayed quiet. Nobody posted about this. I can’t imagine if I punched this guy how many media are gonna post it and talk about me. This is like really, really bad thing. Like, even if this old guy on video punch your face 10 times, you can’t punch this guy’s face. You can’t. This is like impossible. We have to respect all people. I don’t understand.”
“I think these people have to go jail, bro,” he said. “They have to go jail. This happened in Ireland? What happened about Ireland government? We guys from Russia have problem with visa, but why this bullsh*t guy don’t have problem with visa in USA? How USA can give him visa or something like this, respect or job? These people, they have to go jail.”
Not only does he think McGregor should be arrested, but it also cements what he thinks of the Irishman. That is him having no respect and no class, which he said in the lead up to their UFC 229 fight where McGregor said controversial remarks.
“I told you guy, this guy have no class, no respect,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said. “This is very bad for sport. Somethings he’s done are good for sport but right now, he without his mind. He lose his mind. It’s crazy and government has to smash him, this is my opinion.”
“I’m really, really mad about this video. I don’t understand how you can punch old man. How you can punch him. Even if he punch your face 10 times, 20 times. This is big, big disrespect, not only for this old guy, this is big disrespect for all people.”
“100 percent [they should arrest him]. Today he punches old guy, what’s gonna happen tomorrow? Nobody knows.”
Currently, Conor McGregor has not commented on the issue or gave his side of the story. But, given the fact it happened in April, the incident could have very well been taken care of by now. But, as White says it is not a good look and is pretty bad.
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