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Vets in MMA community react to Conor McGregor beating up a bus

Eric Dehm
April 06, 2018 - 10:57 am
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Conor McGregor, former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight champion, stepped up a few weight classes when he decided to take on a bus weighing several tons.

That bus was filled with UFC fighters preparing to take part in UFC 223 on April 7, including McGregor's rival Khabib Nurmagomedov. The rivalry between the Irish superstar and the undefeated Chechen wrestler -- that fight fans hoped would lead to a fight in the octagon -- may have just ended via a Brooklyn garage kerfluffle.

BACKGROUND

After Nurmagomedov and his team confronted and harrassed Artem Lobov, a McGregor teammate sheduled to fight at the event, McGregor appears to have decided that a strongly worded e-mail wouldn't do the trick and chartered a jet to New York to voice his displeasure in person. He did so by smashing a dolly into the window of the aforementioned bus carrying half of the event's fighters.

As a result, the prelim fight including Lobov is off the card, as are bouts that would have featured lightweight Michael Chiesa and flyweight Ray Borg who were both injured by the shattering glass. Not a good day for quite a few people, to say the least. And to add insult to literal injury, the main event fight with Nurmagomedov and Featherweight champ Max Holloway has now been called off by the NY State Athletic Commission due to health concerns relating to Holloway's weight cut. 

With all of that taken into account, while McGregor has been the UFC's biggest moneymaker for years, he just cost them dearly and may have ended his UFC career. 

We reached out to a few prominent members of the MMA community with military ties to see what they thought of "The Notorious" Conor McGregor's latest, and most high profile, outburst.

Colton Smith - Army Ranger, Former UFC fighter & "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 16 Winner:

“Unfortunately in the case of Conor, he has never been held accountable for his actions. This despicable act of cowardice by him and his team is a direct result of the UFC's inability to control the monster they created. In my world, if myself or one of my Soldiers represented our profession of arms that way we would be dealt with accordingly in and out of uniform.”

Shane Kruchten - USMC vet, Bellator MMA Featherweight:

"If you do the crime prepare to do the time. He committed a crime, he cost 5 fighters the ability to earn a paycheck due to his stupidity. He has always been 'over the top' and that was fine, he was respected. But with this 'stunt' he has crossed the line, when you hurt people it raises the bar to a spot where you may not return."

Eric Kowal - USMC vet, Founder MyMMANews.com:

"What we witnessed is likely one of the saddest displays of sportsmanship you will ever see in all of professional sports. You have a champion who made millions of dollars in high profile fights, in a very short period of time, acting a fool, putting other people's lives and careers in harm, for what? Right now some youngster is working his tail off in a gym somewhere looking to earn a spot on the UFC roster. The guy who made it all look worthwhile, who went from rags to riches, just tarnished what every one of these fighters is working for."

HW Floyd - USMC vet, Former Shogun Fights Welterweight: 

"What happened in New York was the exposure of the UFC's biggest problem: Dana White. He has used and abused fighters forever and Connor won't take it anymore. The Reebok deal, taking away sponsors, health care, buying out strikeforce, and the pay scale debacle are examples when Dana told fighters to 'shut up and dance monkey!' Connor has made the UFC too much money for his titles to be taken away because Dana said so. I think it will be interesting to see what other fighters do!"

Finally, we spoke to one active UFC fighter, whose teammate Al Iaquinta is fighting at the event and was on the bus that was attacked.

Aljamain Sterling - #8 Ranked UFC Bantamweight:

 

"I'm kinda over talking about it at this point. I feel bad for all the fights that were affected because of how he decided to get Khabib's attention. He could’ve simply got on the bus or waited at the hotel to 'talk.'”

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