No sport leans into the hype game like fighting.
Nobody plays the hype game better than Conor McGregor, whose mouth has made him his millions as much as his fighting prowess.
McGregor calls Khabib’s manager a ‘terrorist snitch’
From accusing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager of being a “terrorist snitch” involved in the Sept. 11 attacks to promising to rattle Khabib’s brain Saturday, McGregor knows how to stoke the flames and draw the pay-per-views.
Fans fight in stands
That incitement that often plays on lines of race or national pride can reach outside the Octagon amongst fans and was on full display Friday night at the end of an energized spectacle of a weigh-in between McGregor and Khabib ahead of their UFC 229 headliner in Las Vegas.
— Rough N’ Rowdy (@roughnrowdy) October 6, 2018
UFC president Dana White heard about the fight and seemed genuinely surprised that things escalated to that level.
“Normally when our fans show up, everybody treats each other with respect,” White said. “Things like that have never happened.”
Fans talk after the fight
Yahoo Sports caught up with two of the fans involved in the scuffle, who said the fight wasn’t about pride for the fighters, but bad behavior in the stands.
We caught up with 2 of the 4 involved to figure out what happened ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/K9ZfQdohlS
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 6, 2018
Whatever the true cause, the energy and the animosity surrounding a fight is always at a different level when McGregor is involved.
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