Khabib Issues Threatening Statement To The UFC In Latest Instagram Post
Khabib Nurmagomedov solidified himself as the best lightweight in the UFC on Saturday night with a dominant win over Conor McGregor.
In victory, the Russian has also increased his standing as a bonafide UFC megastar, with the UFC 229 main event receiving an unprecedented level of attention from both fans and media.
Despite the fanfare for the fight, the events following Nurmagomedov’s in-cage performance were marred by the antics that took place after, with a brawl ensuing between his and McGregor’s teams.
UFC president Dana White has been among many in the MMA world who have condemned the Russian’s actions.
“I don’t think there are too many people that don’t understand why he did it but he shouldn’t have done it. He is the world champion. He just beat Conor in front of the entire world – stand up get that belt wrapped around you, you won. The guy that’s yelling at you means nothing.
As a result of his part in the melee, rumours are swirling that Khabib’s cornerman, Zubaira Tukhugov will be cut from the UFC. The featherweight was initially slated to face McGregor’s main training partner Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 138 but has since been officially removed from the bout.
Lobov took to Twitter to protest the decision to Dana White.
Dana dont let Tukhugov escape his punishment, put him back in! @danawhite
— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) October 11, 2018
UFC Heavyweight and Light heavyweight champion and teammate of Nurmagomedov’s Daniel Cormier commended Lobov for his willingness to campaign for the fight to go ahead.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 11, 2018
Khabib himself is clearly not in favour of his training partner being cut from the UFC and took to social media with an epic caption detailing his willingness to be cut along with his teammate should the UFC exercise the right to terminate Tukhgov’s contract.
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I would like to address @ufc Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family? Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video. if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. 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. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers
Interestingly, Nate Diaz tweeted his support of Nurmagomedov (with an amusingly unintentional spelling of his second name).
It is still not known when we will next see the Stockton native in the Octagon after his highly-anticipated fight with Dustin Poirier was recently cancelled.
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 11, 2018
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