Henderson Criticizes Khabib’s UFC 229 Actions
Benson Henderson was not happy with what happened towards the end of UFC 229.
The incident in question saw UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov jump over the octagon cage in an attempt to attack Dillon Danis, Conor McGregor’s jiu jitsu coach. A riot nearly ensued and the chaos has left Nurmagomedov at the mercy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission as it is investigating the matter and could discipline Nurmagomedov with a potential fine and suspension. McGregor also was seen briefly fighting with some of Nurmagomedov’s teammates while he was outside of the cage.
After Henderson got a unanimous decision victory at Bellator 208, he opened his post-fight interview by stating his disdain for Nurmagomedov’s and McGregor’s actions. Henderson said professional athletes need to hold themselves to a higher standard and be accountable for their actions.
“For me you guys, it’s doesn’t matter what you do. You can be a reporter, a camera guy, a fighter. It doesn’t matter what you do in life. It’s about how you conduct yourself, how you act. Your sons, your daughters are going to watch what you’re going to did. It’s going to be on TV. How do you explain that? ‘Oh he talked to me bad, so I jumped off the cage.’ How are you going to explain that to your kids? ‘Oh, he said something to me.” Your son’s going to be five years old and he’s going to say, ‘This kid said something to me at school.’ What are you going to say? Go beat them up? No! Watch how you conduct yourself. You’re a professional athlete. You’ve got hold yourself to a higher standard,” Henderson said.
Currently, the NSAC has temporarily suspended both McGregor and Nurmagomedov, with an official hearing date to determine further sanctions set for October 24.