Get ready, fight fans. We’re about to go full-blown conspiracy theory this morning. We all remember Conor McGregor’s bus attack, right? And we also remember that at UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov made the Irishman tap. But leading up to the fight, the UFC would use video of that attack to promote the showdown.
And Khabib believes the promotion he works for actually helped McGregor with the attack.
Yeah, like we said — full-blown conspiracy theory morning. In an interview transcribed by MMA Mania, he had the following to say:
“When I think back there are so many questions I don’t have the answer to, did they do it all on purpose? 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.”
Let’s tackle this first. Now, is it silly to accuse the UFC of this? Maybe. Obviously we would need actual evidence of wrongdoing on the company’s part. But the fact that they would end up using video from the incident in their promotional footage tells us they didn’t really care all that much about McGregor’s wrongdoing. That’s pretty simple to see. Khabib doesn’t stop there, though.
“…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? 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.”
It’s been a wild week-plus for the UFC lightweight champion. He made Conor McGregor tap out. That’s a big deal. Dana White’s Golden Boy lost again. That’s a big deal. But we’re not talking about any of that right now. In fact, we’re talking about everything but that. And maybe that’s exactly what the UFC wants.
Drama sells. And they know it.