Chuck Liddell rips UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor after UFC 229 riot: ‘It’s unacceptable’

Chuck Liddell

The riot that occurred shortly after Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor at UFC 229 left a bad taste in pretty much everybody’s mouth. Former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell, who is gearing up for a rematch with Tito Ortiz under the Golden Boy MMA banner, certainly wasn’t impressed. He feels this kind of ugliness only serves to the set the sport back and erase the efforts he and other MMA trailblazers made to legitimize it.

Shortly after UFC 229 wrapped up, Chuck Liddell took to social media to give his take on the situation.

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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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“Incredible performance by both fighters [Conor McGregor] and [Khabib Nurmagomedov], but to end it like they did was a huge embarrassment to the sport,” in impassioned Chuck Liddell said. “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.”

“Both sides were in the wrong here,” Chuck Liddell added in a second post, explaining that neither team is blameless in his eyes. “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!”

Do you understand Chuck Liddell’s frustration with the drama that occurred at UFC 229?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/8/2018.