Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov sorry for UFC 229 brawl but still mad at Conor McGregor


Khabib Nurmagomedov sorry for UFC 229 brawl but still mad at Conor McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov took only one question in his UFC 229 post-fight press conference and responded with a 3-minute statement, issuing an apology to the Nevada Athletic Commission and the city of Las Vegas for the post-bell brawl that he started.

The UFC lightweight champion, a Russian who trains in San Jose, said his friends there know the real Khabib, not the one who attacked one of Conor McGregor's teammates Saturday night.

"My whole team, where I'm training [in] California, seven years, everybody knows who I am," Nurmagomedov said. "All my friends, like everybody who knows me, they know who I am."

UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who trains with Khabib, defended his American Kickboxing Academy teammate earlier in the night, tweeting "... it wasn't fight stuff, it was personal" for Nurmagomedov.

That indeed seemed to be the case, as Khabib remained defiant about McGregor, pointing out all the things "The Notorious" has said about him and done before their meeting at T-Mobile Arena. Khabib then called McGregor and his teammates "tap machines" -- implying they're quitters -- and he bragged that Russian president Vladimir Putin called to congratulate him after the fight.

McGregor famously posed with Putin for a photo at the World Cup Final in July, and called the president "one of the greatest leaders of our time." 

Watch Khabib's statement in the video and link below, but be warned that it contains some NSFW language.

This Saturday night wasn't all right for fighting, though. UFC president Dana White said Nurmagomedov is under investigation by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the post-fight fisticuffs and could face a fine, a suspension or possibly the loss of his championship belt.

UFC 229 video, highlights: Watch Khabib brawl with Conor McGregor's team

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UFC 229 video, highlights: Watch Khabib brawl with Conor McGregor's team

Khabib Nurmagomedov won the fight at UFC 229, but he tried to win the war -- and he might have lost his reputation in the process.

Khabib, a San Jose-based Russian fighter, was miffed at Conor McGregor for what he and his teammates said and did before Saturday night's lightweight title fight in Las Vegas. That included comments about Khabib's religion and his family, as well as an ugly incident before UFC 223, in which McGregor threw a dolly at a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and other fighters.

So, after Khabib submitted McGregor in the fourth round to retain his belt, he threw his mouthpiece toward his opponent's corner, then jumped out of the octagon, after, according to UFC president Dana White, one member of "The Notorious" entourage started screaming at Nurmagomedov. Bloody Elbow said Bellator fighter Dillion Danis, McGregor teammate, seemed to be Khabib's target.

Regardless of why it happened, it was a fight-marring scene.

White refused to put the belt on Khabib after the fight because he was scared how the pro-McGregor crowd at T-Mobile Arena might react. And, if this Twitter video is evidence, White was correct to delay that.

“I said, ‘If we put the belt on him in the octagon, they’re gonna be throwing whatever they got down into the octagon,' " White recalled, via Bloody Elbow. "So I said, ‘Let’s just try to get him out of here without any incident.’ ”

Whether Khabib retains his championship belt now is up to the Nevada Athletic Commission, which is investigating the brawl, White said. White did say if Khabib is suspended, he might lose the belt if that ban is too long.

UFC 229 results: Khabib beats Conor McGregor, then post-fight brawl ensues


UFC 229 results: Khabib beats Conor McGregor, then post-fight brawl ensues

Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight championship at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, but not without some post-match ugliness.

The San Jose-based fighter beat Conor McGregor in the fourth round via submission to retain the lightweight championship, and he jumped out of the cage immediately after the fight to attack the Irishman's corner. 

Nurmagomedov, a 30-year-old Russian, won the first round 10-9, dropping McGregor to the ground with a right-handed punch less than 30 seconds into the bout and controlling it from the start.

Khabib won the second round -- 10-8 -- but lost the third, and dropped a round for the first time in his career. 

In the fourth, Khabib got McGregor in a rear-naked choke, forcing the former two-belt UFC champion to tap out. Nurmagomedov, who trains out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, improved to 11-0 in the UFC and 27-0 overall in his professional career.

Khabib didn't immediately release McGregor from his rear-naked choke, which appeared to agitate the Irish star. Khabib then threw his mouthpiece at McGregor's corner and climbed out of the octagon to fight a member of the Irishman's corner -- as the bad blood between the fighters boiled over.

A member of Nurmagomedov's corner then seemingly tried to attack McGregor. 

UFC president Dana White wouldn't hand Nurmagomedov his championship belt in the octagon, for fear of causing additional chaos at T-Mobile Arena. White told reporters that three members of Nurmagomedov's team were arrested following the post-fight fracas, but he later said McGregor wouldn't press charges against them. 

There were other repercussions for Khabib, though.

Saturday marked McGregor's first UFC fight in nearly two years. He won the lightweight championship at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12, 2016, beating Eddie Alvarez in a second-round TKO. The win made McGregor the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two different weight classes.

McGregor didn't fight in the UFC last year, and instead boxed against Floyd Mayweather in a pay-per-view match in August. The UFC officially stripped McGregor of his lightweight title on April 7, days after McGregor attacked a bus that Nurmagomedov was on ahead of UFC 223. Two people were injured, and McGregor pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge disorderly conduct after he initially faced two felony chargers. 

Nurmagomedov won McGregor's old title at UFC 223, beating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision to take the lightweight championship. He entered the night a heavy favorite, as Las Vegas oddsmakers pegged him at minus-170 headed into the fight, according to Bovada.