Did Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor take things too far in their Twitter war? Who is more to blame for it getting out of hand?
Cole Henry, Host – MMA Scope Podcast
I don’t think so. I mean call me shameless, but the fight will be huge when/if it happens. A lot of people live on a soapbox now, they always want to point out what others do wrong. Would I have said what either guy said? No. But I also don’t have the competitive instinct of a top-tiered fighter nor do I understand the actual relationship between Khabib and McGregor. Really, I could go on about this for hours but eventually, I’ll start drifting into things I don’t want to talk about on here, so I’ll move on.
Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Yeah, things absolutely went too far. McGregor brought Nurmagomedov’s wife into it, which isn’t something you should ever do. Nurmagomedov went too far because he overreacted, like always. The best thing to do is to bury what happened, it’s over and done with. You can’t change the past, you can only change the future. I’m sure Dana White is simultaneously giddy with excitement and nervous as hell about what would happen if they fought again. I don’t know if things will get that serious between these two again, but considering the personalities involved, it’s likely to at least approach that level.
Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner
Twitter wars are made to go too far. It’s two people that will say anything when they are not face to face. The internet doesn’t have the same laws as when you’re in person. Conor McGregor didn’t have to comment on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wife or religion; Khabib’s comments about Conor’s personal allegations were also equally unnecessary. To tell you the truth it should end in some street justice for one of them. These two reached a point where they can’t settle it in a cage with rules. Besides Conor got beat up and as much money as people say it’ll make I don’t believe it, more importantly, I don’t wanna see it.
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Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor
It absolutely went too far. We talked about this earlier in the week on the MMA Talk for Pro Wrestling Fans podcast and I had put the bulk of the blame on Conor McGregor for taking things too far. We saw first hand at UFC 229 the lengths, Khabib Nurmagomedov would go to defend his honor, his family, and his religion. McGregor saw that too and he should know that he’s playing with fire when he brings religion into a war of words with Khabib. If McGregor wants to build for a rematch, that’s fine but he’s doing himself a disservice by putting UFC in a position where they cannot book the fight in good conscience because of how volatile the situation is between the two.