Khabib Nurmagomedov Apologises During Post Fight Press Conference
Khabib Nurmagomedov didn't exactly sound like he was too sorry for what happened in the aftermath of his fight with Conor McGregor on Saturday night, but he did manage to say sorry to someone.
Sometimes a really 'nasty' feud in boxing or MMA can end in everyone hugging, talking about respect and laughing and smiling together as if the previous six months had never actually happened.
When it came to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor none of that was going to happen, no matter what the result at UFC 229 for the lightweight title, with the two men clearly hating each other.
McGregor had really made things personal by throwing a trolley at a bus that Khabib was on earlier in the year, smashing up the bus and causing havoc to the UFC 223 card in the process.
The Irishman had then gone even more personal during the build up to their fight, filling the press conferences with jibes about Khabib's politics and even occasionally his religion.
After the fight there were no handshakes or hugs as the Russian jumped out of the octagon to attack McGregor's teammate and one of his teammate's jumped in to attack McGregor.
The Notorious didn't make the press conference but the Eagle did and he managed to apologise, kind of:
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Khabib: "First of all I want to say sorry to the athletic commission. This is my bad side. He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about father, he come to Brooklyn and he (attacked) bus."- Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 7, 2018
I mean it's smart to at very least apologise to the commission, especially as they could decide if he gets to fight in the country again or not, but it's hardly a proper apology.
"Oh I'm sorry but it wasn't actually my fault, he started it, look at what Conor did."
Here's the brawl with Khabib jumping the fence and going after Danis. You'll see somebody go after McGregor in the cage. This is bad. pic.twitter.com/IpOZiZy5vC- Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) October 7, 2018
Of course a lot of what McGregor did was pretty reprehensible too but he hardly deserved to be attacked after losing what was actually an excellent fight.
Three of Khabib's team were initially arrested but McGregor reportedly didn't want to press charges so they were later released.
It was a hell of a dramatic night.