Dana White says Conor McGregor should have fought Khabib Nurmagomedov “legally.”
Dana White has an idea for what Conor McGregor could have done instead of smashing out a window of a bus carrying UFC fighters.
The UFC president understands that McGregor doesn’t get along with lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. In fact, Nurmagomedov’s altercation with teammate and friend Artem Lobov earlier this week is one of the main reasons why McGregor traveled to Brooklyn in the first place. McGregor wanted to retaliate against the Russian, according to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.
But White suggested in a media scrum Thursday after the McGregor debacle that the Irish superstar should have simply offered to fight Nurmagomedov in the Octagon — not from outside a bus taking UFC 223 fighters back to the host hotel.
“Listen, you don’t like Khabib and you don’t like what happened or whatever? Then fight Khabib,” White said (via MMAjunkie). “You can come in here and you can do it legally. Sh-t, this fight is happening Saturday; we could have talked and made the Khabib fight right after. You could do whatever you wanted to Khabib within the limits of the rules of fighting. But you want to grab 30 f-cking friends and come down here and do what you did today? It’s disgusting. I don’t think anybody is gonna be huge Conor McGregor fans after this.”
Directly following Thursday’s UFC 223 media day, McGregor made a surprise appearance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with several friends and team members. The group threw various objects at a bus red-corner fighters were on after their media obligations, waiting to go back to the host hotel. McGregor smashed the bus’ front window with a trolley.
In the midst of the attack, UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa, who faces Anthony Pettis at UFC 223, suffered numerous cuts on his face. He was taken to a local hospital but later released. He is expected to remain on Saturday’s card.
A UFC employee was also injured, per White. UFC strawweight champ Rose Namajunas was “super upset,” per White, but opted to stay on the card vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
UFC 223 is headlined by a lightweight title bout between Nurmagomedov and featherweight titleholder Max Holloway. It was scheduled to feature the long-awaited fight between “The Eagle” and Tony Ferguson, but “El Cucuy” suffered an injury late last week. Holloway stepped up on six days’ short notice and will look to become the second fighter in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time.