After the UFC 229 post-fight melee that involved members of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team, there was word that one of Nurmagomedov’s teammates, Zubaira Tukhugov would be released from the UFC due to his involvement in the brawl. Upon hearing those comments, the lightweight champion threatened to leave the UFC if his teammate was released, telling the promotion that they could “send his broken contract” too.
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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
Tukhugov had been scheduled to face Conor McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 138 on October 27, in Moncton, Canada but was removed from the card after he admitted to jumping inside the Octagon and hitting McGregor following his loss to Nurmagomedov.
Many took the threats made by Nurmagomedov to leave the UFC as very serious, but UFC President Dana White made sure that his undefeated lightweight champion would stay with the promotion. During an interview with TMZ, White said that things were worked out between both parties.
When asked about Khabib’s comments Dana White said the following to TMZ:
“We’re good. That was said a week ago, a lot happens in a week in this business. We’re all good, we worked it out. Obviously he was a little upset and a little fired up, but we’re getting it all worked out. Listen, guys get very emotional and that was a very emotional fight for him, obviously. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a good relationship with him.”
Dana White would not clarify if Tukhugov would be staying in the UFC saying that he didn’t know what was going to happen and he would see what happens with him. White ended his interview with TMZ by saying Khabib is happy and left it at that.
With his win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov improved his record to 27-0 and had his first successful title defense since becoming lightweight champion at UFC 223. Since the win, Nurmagomedov has gone on to challenge undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather to a fight while McGregor has been said to been pursuing the rematch against Khabib.
You can watch Dana White’s full interview with TMZ about Nurmagomedov’s threat to leave and Conor McGregor below.
Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.
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