Why Khabib Nurmagomedov’s reaction matters.
There’s going to be a lot of commentary and analysis regarding the drama that pursued the finale of the UFC 229 Khabib Vs. McGregor, as I’m sure there will be a lot said about Male-Rage, Culture, Religion, and Conduct.
I’ve not been a consistent follower of UFC, and by no means am I supremely qualified of conducting an analysis of fighting strategy.
I’m just hoping to put down my thoughts here on what I believe we can learn to understand of the outburst that occurred after Mr. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s triumphant win against Mr. Conor McGregor.
Mr. McGregor is a Cash-Cow for the UFC, there’s absolutely no doubt about the fame and glory he’s brought to the game.
His trash-talking has earned him a reputation for penetrating his opponents through mind-warfare, and whilst that may be true — there is also a feeling of invincibility that Mr. McGregor seems to have maintained about himself, as though he is almost always above the law.
I commend Mr. McGregor on his accomplishments, and there’s absolutely no shame in wanting wealth as a reward for his accomplishments.
What I do not condone is the constant behaviour the Mr. McGregor has set an example for and has been allowed to get away with by the sheltering provided by Mr. Dana White.
Going back on Mr. McGregor’s many outlandish behaviours, there have been occasions where he has crossed lines.
The UFC went onto use the “Bus Incident” in their promotional promo, claiming it was part of the “Story-Line”, as far as I know — Story-Lines exist in the WWE and not the UFC (Correct me if I’m wrong).
It was maintained that this was a reaction Mr. McGregor has regarding Mr. Khabib cornering his team mate Mr. Artem Lobov.
Since trash-talking is often McGregor’s strategy, was it fair for him to jump infront of Khabib and provoke him by serving him his “Brand” of Whiskey.
Or was it a lousy attempt as Self-Promotion, when he asked Dana if his Whiskey would be advertising at the fight.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is of the Muslim-Faith and deeply devoted to his family values — maintained that this was a sensitive subject and shouldn’t be a concern within the UFC Fight.
Since his religion or family values do not directly coincide with his values for the Sport, was McGregor crossing a line by attempting to penetrate his emotions?
People of Dagestan are proud people, people that are deeply devoted to their cultural values.
In matters of free-speech, it might be alright to mock a culture that we do not agree with.
But did his family have to be dragged through the mud, for the sake of entertainment?
When I resigned my corporate job, after observing abusive behaviour towards me, I never went after another’s family or cultural values — it was a difference of opinion and as such I chose to keep it professional.
Fight them with my abilities rather than Racial slurs.
One may argue that Muslim’s can be over-sensitive, but isn’t there a difference between a person defending his values versus a person acting out in brattish behaviour because he can?
There’s been debate about the issue of how Khabib should not have jumped the fence and attacked Dillon Danis, McGregor’s Sparring Trainer.
That it was disrespectful to the sport.
After analysing the footage, I found Dillon Danis was provoking Khabib; maybe even hoping to get a reaction after an adrenaline filled rush of success.
The statement has been confirmed by Dana White, himself, who claims Dillon Danis was in fact “Talking shit to Khabib”.
If a reaction was what Dillon was looking for, he indeed received one.
After further analysing the footage, I came to the conclusion that in fact Khabib’s crew who shouldn’t have jumped into the Octagon; weren’t the first ones to throw the punch at Conor McGregor.
Atleast that’s how it seems to me (Correct me if I’m wrong).
Point being, is there a double standard here or was it unjustified for Khabib to act in such a way?
Knowing he would risk his moment of success and be ridiculed for it.
Whilst this situation still develops, I do hope to congratulate Mr. Khabib Nurmagomedov on his win.
Did Mr. Conor McGregor get what he was asking for, a reaction out of Khabib?
Was it justified, considering the constant bashing Khabib received throughout the days leading up to the event?
Is it fair that Mr. McGregor’s reward for the fight has been released but Mr. Khabib’s is being held?
Should he be stripped of the title for his tantrum, if so will UFC maintain the same standards for Mr. McGregor?
To the Dagestani People and the Success of Mr. Khabib today at the UFC 229; my deepest congratulations.