Dana White said he was “disgusted” at what went down after the UFC 229 main event, but KhabibNurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, had no issue at all with the post-match brawl.
UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib lost his head after tapping out McGregor in the main event, living up to his ‘Eagle’ nickname by flying over the Octagon to get at his opponent’s camp, specifically going after Dillon Danis.
An incensed McGregor climbed up the cage and footage showed him swinging a punch at Khabib’s cousin, Abubakar, who threw shots of his own.
He was then on the receiving end of blows from Zubaira Tukhugov, another member of Khabib’s team, as all hell broke loose at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
But Abdelaziz, who was subject to being called a “terrorist snitch” by McGregor, has given his take on the out of character attack from his client and feels it was justified given the comments about Khabib’s religion, politics and father in the build-up.
“You can’t bite a dog and not expect to be bitten,” Abdelaziz is quoted as saying bythe Express.
“You can’t play with fire and not expect to be burned. This man, Conor McGregor, is not a good guy.
“I got zero respect for Conor McGregor. His team, his whole entourage, zero.
“These guys, they demand respect, but you earn respect. How are you going to earn respect when you talk crazy about people’s family, religion, countries?”
The Egyptian also stated that UFC’s inclusion of McGregor’s bus attack in New York in the promo videos contributed to the melee – even if Dana White said it was “part of the storyline”.
“Let’s be real,” Abdelaziz added.
“The UFC promoted this fight with the videos. They didn’t promote this as going to a golf tournament. They promoted this as a fight.”
Khabib issued a brief apology to Nevada State Athletic Commission in his short post-fight presser but the governing body are still holding his $2million fight purse.
In an exclusive interview withTMZSports, UFC president White said the Dagestani fighter should get a $250,000 fine and a “four to six months suspension” but made it clear he won’t be stripped of his title.