Chuck Liddell outraged by UFC 229 brawl: ‘Huge embarrassment to the sport’

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell was a big fan of Khabib Nurmagomoedov’s performance at UFC 229. What happened afterward, though? Not so much.

On Saturday night, Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight title with a decisive victory over Conor McGregor in the UFC 229 main event at T-Moble Arena in Las Vegas. Moments after McGregor submitted to a rear-naked choke, Nurmagomedov jumped the cage fence and went after McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis, inciting an all-out brawl.

Liddell, who’s no stranger to heated grudge matches, condemned the entire situation in a fiery a href=”

Incredible performance by both fighters @thenotoriousmma and @khabib_nurmagomedov But to end it like they did was a huge embarrassment to the sport. We (fighters)are sportsmen and champions and we should hold ourselves to a higher standard. We owe it to our fans and the sport itself. I don’t know when things started turning into some kind of shit show?!!! Unfortunately, when you allow more and more B.S. during weigh ins and outside of fights; You only slap fighters on the wrist for acting like barbarians and then offer them bigger contracts and reward them for this behavior. There is no penalty for their actions and it condones this type of behavior and consequently our sport loses its sacred respect. #respect #honor#martialarts #champion#goldenboypromotions#timeshavechanged #sportsmanship#whatashame

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Both sides were in the wrong here! However, this is what you should expect when you start to reward fighters for this kind of behavior and when you use a video of a bus attack to promote a fight. Oh and btw look who threw the first punch inside the ring before “he got jumped unprovoked” This UFC is not what we old timers built with our blood and sweat! It’s unacceptable!

Nurmagomedov, who is facing likely sanctions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, issued an apology that he immediately walked back during the UFC 229 post-fight press conference.

“I no understand how people can talk about I jump on cage,” Nurmagomedov said. “He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father. He come to Brooklyn, and he broke bus. He almost kill a couple people, worry about this (expletive). Why people talk about I jump on cage? Why people still talk about this? I no understand. My California seven years. Everybody know who I am. All my friends. Everybody who know me, they know who I am.”

Liddell, 48, is set to end his eight-year retirement from MMA on Nov. 24, when he takes on fellow UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz for the third time at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The event is taking place under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

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