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Wiz Khalifa talks UFC 229, Conor McGregor, Khabib

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 1:45 p.m.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa gestures toward the crowd at PNC Park prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ home finale Sept. 28, 2017.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa gestures toward the crowd at PNC Park prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ home finale Sept. 28, 2017.

A lot of people have been talking MMA since the infamous UFC 229 pay per view went down Saturday.

And Wiz Khalifa is no different.

The melee and chaos that occurred after the main event between Conor McGregor and UFC lighweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has sparked national, if not international, conversations on UFC.

Khalifa, a Pittsburgh native and hip-hop star, thinks the champ should not be stripped of his title.

"I don't think there should be consequences, because he (Nurmagomedov) fought really well. The fact that their emotions kinda of got in to it. It was a lot leading up to the fight," Khalifa told TMZ Sports . "Everything it was really hot. But for the sport, as professionals, maybe they should be a little more up here (points to head). But it's hard because they're starting so much (expletive) to entertain. It's difficult man."

Nurmagomedov, after submitting McGregor with a rear naked choke in the fourth round of their championship fight Oct. 6, climbed the octagon and jumped out to attack one of McGregor's coaches who was allegedly trash talking him during and after the fight. McGregor also took a swing at members of Nurmagomedov's team after the fight, who were coming towards him while McGregor was still in the cage.

"I think that the UFC or whatever organization is planning the fight should do better at the weigh-ins, and make sure people aren't disrespecting people's families and stuff like that," Khalifa said, noting McGregor's point to bring up his opponent's father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, during the lead up to the fight.

The wait is on for possible fines and or suspensions for both fighters, but Nurmagomedov has already had his purse for the fight, which is reportedly $2 million, held while the Nevada State Athletic Commission looks into the incident.

"People are gonna talk, they're grown men. But as an organization, they (UFC) gotta protect their fighters and protect their legacy. ... I wouldn't come down too hard on the fighters, I would be more responsible as an organization," Khalifa said.

Zach Brendza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Zach at 724-850-1288, zbrendza@tribweb.com or via Twitter @imxzb.

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