Khabib Nurmagomedov sends savage warning to UFC after they threaten to cancel teammate's fight
In the fourth round of Khabib Nurmagomedov's fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 last week, the Russian fighter won by a choke hold. Almost immediately after that, he leapt over the railing and attacked one of McGregor's close friends and training partners, Dillion Dalis - who had apparently offended Khabib in the run-up to the fight.
As if the situation wasn't chaotic enough, three men then jumped into the octagon and attacked McGregor, who was still recovering from the fight.
Speaking to FOX Sports, UFC President Dana White confirmed that three men were arrested after the incident:
"Three of his guys have been arrested, I believe they're being taken to jail right now.
"A lot of stuff that shouldn't happen, Khabib jumped over the cage and went after one of Conor's guys who I guess was trash talking him. I don't know what to say right now, I'm disgusted.”
According to White, these men will never fight in the UFC again. This didn't stop Zubaira Tukhugov, one of the men who attacked McGregor, from bragging about his involvement in the debacle. "I slapped him as promised," Tukhugov said, confirming he landed a punch on the Irishman. "I promised to make him answer for his words and I did."
Khabib, despite publicly apologising for his actions after the game that night, has stood by Tukhugov - and has now said he will leave UFC entirely if his fellow fighter is banned from the organisation. In an Instagram post addressed to the UFC, he referenced the incident in which McGregor smashed a window of Khabib's coach in March, writing:
"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, @zubairatukhugovhas 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."
Looking at the video, it is possible that McGregor landed the first blow, but it's a little hard to make out who struck first:
"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"
Khabib is referencing the fact that White has withheld the $2 million he earned for the fight. White has said it won't be paid out until the Nevada State Athletic Commission completes its investigation into what exactly happened that night.