After Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229, he jumped out of the Octagon to attack McGregor’s corner. It has been well documented, and after the Nevada hearing, Nurmagomedov was suspended nine months and fined $500,000. Not only that, but two of his teammates and friends were also fined $25,000 each, but Nurmagomedov is not letting them pay.
Instead, the UFC lightweight champion will pay for all the fines involved in the post-fight melee. To Daniel Cormier, that shows who Nurmagomedov is.
“I think that Khabib is doing the most honorable thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Cormier said to MMAFighting. “Not many guys will pay the fine, the 500 grand, also pay the fines of your teammates and brothers. He’s paying their money too. Whatever they fine [Abubakar and Tukhugov], he’s gonna pay it too. Those are his brothers. They were acting to help him, I guess. They’re suspended longer, he will sit with them. That’s one thing about those guys and their lifestyle and their community is that they are family at the highest level and what he’s doing is so honorable. Not many people would do that. He’s doing it with the idea that even if they take his title, it does not mean more to him than standing next to his brothers. It doesn’t get any better than that. I appreciate it. I do think the fine was steep. Whatever.
“He also said that he’s not gonna fight there anymore. He’s very firm in his approach, he’s very firm in what he wants to convey to the world. I’m very proud of him. I’m proud of the man that Khabib has become from the moment he walked into AKA to who he is today, I’m very proud of him.”
American Kickboxing Academy continues to be a tight-knit group, and Nurmagomedov shows that. He has said in the past loyalty is everything and he is showing it here.