Veteran Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer has put UFC superstar Conor McGregor on blast for his brazen attack on a bus filled with fighters, including his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, in the days prior to UFC 223 in New York last week.
Buffer claimed he was “horrified” by the incident and went on to voice concerns that actions like this could tarnish the sport’s reputation.
“Never think anything like this could ever happen,” Buffer told TMZ SPorts. “In my 22-plus years of being in the UFC and doing everything I can in my life to build this great brand and to support this fantastic sport … it’s like you sh*t on all of us – with that one move. That’s not what we’re about. Perception is reality out there. I don’t understand how anybody could condone that kind of behavior, and if they do, then obviously they will be willing to do that kind of behavior.”
Not many people have sought to defend McGregor’s actions that day, although Nate Diaz taunted Nurmagomedov for having been “punked,” Michael Bisping attempted to downplay the altercation, telling TMZ, “Conor is just trying to look after his boys, right? Which you got to applaud him for,” and ‘The Notorious’ himself reportedly showed little remorse as he told Dana White that, “it had to be done.”
However, its safe to say that Buffer is not in tune with that line of thinking.
“I don’t care who they are. Anybody that justifies that has a problem,” Buffer said. “I could say something else right now, and I want to say it, but I’m telling you right now: They have a problem. I’m being very polite.”
Watch Buffer’s full interview below.