Enson Inoue on UFC 229 brawl: Khabib's emotions deeper because he's not in it for sport

Enson Inoue

Enson Inoue has been in just one fight the past 14 years, but he still remembers clearly what it was like to be standing across from another man in a fist fight.

And because of that, Inoue has an interesting take on the emotion behind the UFC 229 post-fight brawl that happened after Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) submitted Conor McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC).

“I enjoyed (the fight), and then after he won, I kind of thought Conor deserved something after the way he trash-talked – it was a little overboard,” Inoue recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “So when Khabib kind of pushed on his head, I thought, ‘Perfect!’”

But then seconds later, Nurmagomedov jumped the fence, went after McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, and all hell broke loose.

“Then he jumps out of the octagon, I was like, ‘Oh, no,’” Inoue said.

But because McGregor’s trash talk was at perhaps the most severe it’s ever been leading into the lightweight title fight, Inoue almost seems to think McGregor was playing with fire.

“Someone like Khabib is not fighting for sport,” Inoue said. “He’s more of a martial artist, so I think he takes a lot of the emotions a little deeper. Already, just without any controversy, any rivalry in the ring, when you’re fighting and you live through it and you defeat your opponent – hand-to-hand combat, man-to-man against another man – it already creates a lot of emotions.

“Some people are super quiet, and then will scream out because the emotions are hard to control at that moment. But with the rivalry and him insulting his religion and his father, I think it probably got the best of him.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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