Khabib Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit UFC in the wake of his victory over Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.
His threats come as a response to what he considers the unfair treatment of his countryman, Zubaira Tukhugov- a rostered featherweight fighter- whose fight against Artem Lobov was canceled due to events that transpired after the Conor fight. In the chaos, Tukhugov climbed into the ring and exchanged blows with Mc Gregor.
‘You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor,’ Nurmagomedov said in a lengthy Instagram post addressed to UFC
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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
‘But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST [sic], 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.”
Tukhugov admitted after the fight to jumping into the ring, reportedly saying on social media that he ‘slapped [McGregor] as promised.’
UFC president Dana White said that the individuals who jumped in the ring — three of whom, including Tukhugov, were part of Nurmagomedov’s team — would ‘never fight here.’
Nurmagomedov, who maintained his unbeaten 27-0 record with a comfortable victory over McGregor, climbed out of the cage and appeared to attack someone in the crowd immediately after the fight.
He explained away his actions as caused by McGregor’s pre-fight trash talk who made remarks concerning Nurmagomedov’s family, religion, and nationality.
Nurmagomedov also called attention to an earlier event a few months ago where McGregor attacked a bus of UFC fighters, injuring some in the process, an incident for which Conor pled guilty. He also hinted on how the event led to the cancellation of two fights but was also used to promote his fight against Conor McGregor.
Both fighters have been suspended pending when the Nevada Athletic Commission holds a hearing.
In the meantime, Nurmagomedov’s prize money from the fight has been withheld, but the 30-year-old will have to wait to see the extent of the charges he will face.
‘And one more thing,’ the Russian continued in his Instagram post, ‘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.’