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Conor McGregor, Chael Sonnen

Last weekend, shortly after Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor in the UFC 229 main event, a massive brawl broke out between the two fighters’ teams. Nurmagomedov leapt over the side of the Octagon and attacked McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis, while McGregor got into it with several of Nurmagomedov’s teammates inside the cage. It was a scene of pure, unbridled chaos that took several minutes to quell.

Ever since this incident, the MMA community has been struggling to assign blame. There are some fans that believe that Khabib Nurmagomedov started it all by jumping over the cage and attacking Dillon Danis. There are others, meanwhile, that feel that Conor McGregor deserves the blame because he threw the first clearly visible punch of the skirmish.

Bellator star and MMA analyst Chael Sonnen has heard both sides of this blame game, and he’s got a message for anyone who questions McGregor’s choice to throw a punch after Nurmagomedov attacked Danis. In Sonnen’s eyes, McGregor had every right to uncork a punch, and he cannot be blamed for this post-fight brawl.

“First up, they can shove it up their ****,” Sonnen told MMA Fighting during the Bellator 208 media day on Thursday (transcript via Bloody Elbow). “That whole thing was created by some wimp somewhere about ‘the other guy has to throw the first punch.’ If you’re engaging me aggressively, and I let you within an arm’s reach, I’m a sucker if I allow you to throw the first punch.”

“The first thing you do – and remember this, if your dads weren’t smart enough to tell you. If you learned how to fight from your moms, or from your wimpy teachers in your liberal school district, you don’t let somebody get within an arm’s reach of you when they got that look in their eye. You keep them back, and if they break the distance, you always hit them first.”

“Conor McGregor, who I’m not a defender of, was where he was supposed to be, doing what he was supposed to do. He was a licensed fighter following the unified rule which says in front of everything else, you protect yourself at all times. He gets up on that cage and is confronted by somebody who is not licensed to be there and is not supposed to be there. He’s not doing what he’s supposed to do and a melee has broken out.”

“Conor McGregor had every reasonable right to throw at him, and that did not start the fight. Khabib had flown over the Octagon and thrown a jumping kick at into Dillon Danis. So, first off, your facts are wrong that Conor threw the first punch. It’s factually incorrect.”

“Secondly, the unified rules state: ‘You protect yourself at all times.’ Conor was where he was supposed to be, in an Octagon, protecting himself against somebody who had come in to do him harm.”

 

Do you agree with Chael?

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I couldn't get past the dress-pants and no socks,

I tried, but I couldn't do it ... honest

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I love getting my advice from someone who failed at everything.

UFC title fights= Failure

Real Estate= Failure

Running for political office= Failure

Money laundering= Failure

Yeah, I'm good on Chaels opinion.

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1 hour ago, PunchBag said:

chael was the start of the ufc going from sport to sports entertainment

Actually that would be Tito imo. Charles took it to another level though.

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I can see Chael's point about if someone hostile comes within arms reach you in a threatening manner you don't wait on them to attack you and at the very least you warn them not to enter your space. The situation is slightly different though. 

Khabib's relative did the same exact thing Conor did hopping on the cage. We don't know what either of their intentions were b4 Conor took a swing at him. Both of them could have been going over there to help break it up. Conor swung first so he deserves some blame but definitely not all in light of what Khabib did.

I don't really fault Conor much for how he reacted but to play totally innocent like Chael is suggesting is a bit of a stretch. 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, StompGrind said:

I can see Chael's point about if someone hostile comes within arms reach you in a threatening manner you don't wait on them to attack you and at the very least you warn them not to enter your space. The situation is slightly different though. 

Khabib's relative did the same exact thing Conor did hopping on the cage. We don't know what either of their intentions were b4 Conor took a swing at him. Both of them could have been going over there to help break it up. Conor swung first so he deserves some blame but definitely not all in light of what Khabib did.

I don't really fault Conor much for how he reacted but to play totally innocent like Chael is suggesting is a bit of a stretch. 

 

 

 

Khabib's can brother climbed the side of the cage during what appeared to be a melee with Conor's teammates. The can brother probably shouldn't have even been in the cage yet. Conor had just competed so he had every right to be on the side of the cage.

Conor defended himself. The can brother is just lucky he didn't get slept like he did in PFL.

 

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Poor Artem lost ANOTHER fight due to Conor / Khabib Bull**** (I.E the bus incident, he was pulled from the card)

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10 minutes ago, King_! said:

Ariel said everyone is too blame (UFC, Conor, Conors team, Khabib, Khabib's team) and he's right

Thats about the closest thing to the truth there is.
Conor swung at a guy, just because he was in reach and a brother to the guy drop kicking his buddy, doesnt mean he was there to attack Conor.
They were all morons, but was quality entertainment watching people lose their ****.

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