Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to bat for his teammate in a major way.
The reigning lightweight champion issued an ultimatum to the UFC on Thursday in defense of his friend, UFC featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov, for Tukhugov’s involvement in UFC 229’s chaotic post-fight brawl with Conor McGregor and the Irishman’s team. Following news that the UFC cancelled Tukhugov’s scheduled UFC Moncton bout against McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov, Nurmagomedov warned the promotion that if they cut Tukhugov, they will lose Nurmagomedov as well.
Check out reaction to Nurmagomedov’s ultimatum below.
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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
#1 Dagestan gangsta! @khabib_nurmagomedov is the man! Let em fight @danawhite. @zubairatukhugov vs @rushammer! Manage the riff raff and let these two fight!!!!! Good shit Khabib! #weareaka #iammybrotherskeeper pic.twitter.com/xcTS7X7KXE— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 11, 2018
Once again two wrongs. Zub was wrong, Artem at bus was wrong. They hate each other so much. Let em fight!!! And how could y’all not appreciate this level of loyalty for Khabib. It’s crazy. Walk away from millions and the UFC! No1 does that!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 11, 2018
Dana dont let Tukhugov escape his punishment, put him back in! @danawhite— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) October 11, 2018
This could be the beginning of fighters realizing the power they have to band together. You have no reason to doubt the fact that @TeamKhabib will follow through with his message to… https://t.co/eIyuqMd0vz— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) October 11, 2018
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There we have it. Speaking out like a true Champ and fighter. This isn’t about the money for @khabib_nurmagomedov its about principle. It’s sounds crazy but sometimes in life somethings are not negotiable. I know that stands true for me. What those things are for me in my life may or may not be the same as Khabib. Perspective is incredibly important. I am not excusing his actions (as a known fighter and role model for many people I was embarrassed by what happened). I don’t want to see our sport turn into what people in the beginning thought was barbaric, however, i do agree that we fighters must hold ourselves to a higher standard and treat people with basic respect. I started out on the street and even in the street we all know there are things you just don’t touch. When you involve threats against a family, religion or nation you are playing with fire. Those things are sacred. I would never do it. That is principle for me. And regarding what happened between both guys the world has watched it and it all started before they got to the ring. It is extremely unfair for Khabib or any of his team to be treated or disciplined any differently than Conor would be. Conor should be fined and suspended if Khabib is. And the same goes with holding his purse. Why is Zubaira’s fight being canceled? He defended his brother like any real fighter would do!? Conor threw at least 2 punches before anyone went after him. How wrong have things gone? Is money making us blind? These guys are fighters and this is what they do. The institution has blurred the lines. They sell out for ratings and big pay days. Certain fighters have a carte Blanche to do what they want and get away with minimal penalties. Us fighters know once you “cross the line” all bets are off. Well here we are, Khabib is staying true to the fight game. It’s not about money it’s about respect and integrity. With fighters that the UFC invests its money in.; for example Brock Lesnar. The last time he entered the octagon. If he’d done that to one of my fighters it would’ve been on! Let me reiterate, The UFC needs to take back the control use this spectacle as a momentous opportunity to (read below contd)
Fighters sticking together to protest the blatant disregard the UFC has toward anything except their profits and their power is going to change the sport. This is just one man standing up for his teammate, imagine the power the whole roster would have. https://t.co/XtOlhipJMW— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) October 11, 2018
Fighters who stop begging the UFC for money and opportunities realize they have the power already. There are other promotions, other combat sports and other opportunities outside the UFC. When the headliners realize that the show can't go on without them the change will come https://t.co/XtOlhipJMW— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) October 11, 2018
Ahh im so over all the Khabib/Conor drama— Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) October 11, 2018
@dc_mma are you ready to go to bat for your teammate @TeamKhabib ? As double champ, if you take a stand on the UFC's inconsistencies your teammate is likely to prevail. You can start the wave of headliners who use their power outside the octagon and change the sport forever— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) October 11, 2018
Everyone talked about Conor’s loyalty when he flew to Brooklyn but he knew he was gonna get paid big off it for the fight ...khabibs loyalty involves him losing pay khabib wins again #goat— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 11, 2018
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