Khabib Nurmagomedov's powerful Instagram message to the UFC about McGregor brawl

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2018

The UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has threatened to leave the UFC unless if they choose terminate the contract of his teammate Zubaira Tukhugov.

The animosity between Nurmagomedov and McGregor stem from a UFC 223 pre-fight incident where Nurmagomedov was seen in a confrontation with another one of McGregor's teammates, Artem Lobov.

The brawl also featured two men from Nurmagomedov's entourage climbing into the cage and attacking McGregor. "We never give up on our brothers in Russian Federation and I will go to the end for my Brother", Nurmagomedov writes, in part.

"I will ask your father not to punish you too strictly because you achieved the main task, worthily and convincingly", Putin told the duo (via RT).

The undefeated lightweight champion, who improved his MMA record to 27-0 when he submitted Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena, told the UFC to tear up his contract if they cut featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov from their roster.

In the build-up to the fight, McGregor mocked Nurmagomedov's accent, called him a "smelly Dagestani rat", thumped his arm, and even tried to kick him at the UFC 229 weigh-in. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. He and McGregor (21-4) were caught on camera in a brief exchange during Saturday night's brawl, which began when Nurmagomedov left the Octagon after the fight to confront McGregor's corner. "But don't forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video".

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"You can do whatever you want in the octagon; outside of it, there's children, women, random people", Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov said. If you think that I'll keep silent then you are mistaken.

"Don't forget that it was Conor who had hit my another brother first, just check the video", he added. And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding.

"I would like to address UFC". You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won't get stuck in your throat.

As of mid-morning Thursday, UFC had not responded to Nurmagomedov's Instagram post. "We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing".

Despite a controversial ending to the event, which saw the Eagle climb over the cage to attack the Irishman's team, the Russian fighter ultimately walked away with bragging rights from his heated rivalry with the Notorious. "I think some things aren't for fight promotion", Rockhold said to TMZ Sports.

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