UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov secured his first title defense when he defeated former two-division champion Conor McGregor at UFC 229, but what happened directly after was what has the MMA community in a buzz.
Tukhugov is alleged to have jumped into the cage following Nurmagomedov's win and punched McGregor in the back of the head.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has met with Khabib Nurmagomedov to congratulate him on winning the UFC lightweight title, and defended the fighter's actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor.
"We never give up on our brothers in Russian Federation and I will go to the end for my Brother", Nurmagomedov continued.
"I will ask your father not to punish you too strictly, because you achieved the main task, worthily and convincingly", said Putin.
If one fighter attacking another outside the parameters of a professional fight is cause for a ban, how did McGregor manage to throw a hand truck into a bus full of UFC fighters, injuring some of them, with his teammate and UFC featherweight Artem Lobov along for the ride, and yet no one lost their jobs over it?
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In April, McGregor travelled from Dublin to Brooklyn to confront Nurmagomedov and his team, after footage emerged of them surrounding and intimidating the Irishman's team-mate Lobov in a hotel. "If you still decide to fire him, don't forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself".
He then put the blame on Conor McGregor for the brawl, saying: "If you think that I'll keep silent then you are mistaken".
"Don't forget that it was Conor who had hit my another brother first, just check the video", he added. If you still decide to fire him, don't forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself.And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding.
"I would like to address UFC". And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding.
"We have defended our honour and this is the most important thing". "He come to Brooklyn and he broke bus and he nearly kill a couple people", Nurmagomedov said in his post-fight press conference".
"I'm not too familiar with the guy McGregor was fighting, but I know the guy he was facing was undefeated", Mayweather told ITP Live, as quoted by Boxing Scene.
As of mid-morning Thursday, UFC had not responded to Nurmagomedov's Instagram post.