At UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov did what he promised he would do and “smashed” Conor McGregor, submitting the former two-division world champion in the fourth round of their title fight. Then he jumped the fence and attacked McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis which started a brawl with McGregor’s team that has quickly become the most infamous event in MMA history. At the post-fight press conference, Nurmagomedov apologized for the incident but said that McGregor and his team’s trash-talk stepped over the line. He also noted that, “I know my father’s gonna smash me when I go home” and it sure sounds like he was right about that.
“I will impose a punishment tougher than the UFC’s,” Abdulmanap said. “I warned him. For me, discipline comes first. You do whatever you want in the Octagon, [but] outside — this is the border of civilians, where there are children, women, strangers.”
That’s no small threat. For his part in sparking the melee, Nurmagomedov faces a number of punishments, both form the UFC and from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NAC is already withholding Nurmagomedov’s $2M fight purse, pending an investigation, and UFC President Dana White said that, depending on the length of suspension Nurmagomedov receives from the NAC, the UFC may have to strip him of the lightweight belt.
Still, all of that likely pales on comparison to the punishments to be levied from Abdulmanap because, aside from being his father, Abdulmanap is Khabib’s coach, mentor, and one of the most celebrated coaches in Dagestan. He is seen as largely responsible for the success of his son as well as many of the Dagestani fighters that have thrived in the UFC over the last decade. He is also the guy who had Khabib wrestle a bear when he was a child.
No word yet on whether Khabib will have to wrestle a Kodiak in penance.
Bad choice. Dana White: Khabib made ‘a really bad decision in the heat of the moment’.
Also a bad choice. Dana White defends the handling of UFC 229 fight promotion.
$$$. Dana White: Conor McGregor has already asked for Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch.
Understanding. John Kavanagh says he understands Khabib Nurmagomedov’s reaction at UFC 229.
Statement. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department releases statement on UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor brawl.
Discipline. Both Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor facing Nevada commission discipline after UFC 229 mess.
UFC 229 Rewind.
Paulie still desperate to get Conor to box him. Might have a shot now.
Even if true, Khabib is about to have piles of money thrown at him from his oligarch friends. He’ll be fine.
Anik & Florian. Recapping UFC 229 and the flight of The Eagle.
The Co-Main Event. Moralizing about the UFC’s promotional strategy in light of UFC 229.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Gunning for the rematch already.
More reactions to The Eagle.
Conor getting the full meme treatment.
Changed his tune.
A week ago I hadn't seen the fight— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) October 9, 2018
Now this is something I could see happening.
Derrick Lewis is a treasure.
Because no one is invested in Stipe the champion. Solved it.
Good question. I’m ready to win that belt back. https://t.co/Mt4iYGjBuV— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) October 9, 2018
The UFC is so stupid these days.
Khabib you’re a piece of shit...— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) October 7, 2018
You deserve nothing you have.
You’re a sore winner.
I’m more hated than u, and I’m telling you that you’re a piece of shit.
I hope you take this to heart if you read this.
& Ive never hated on anyone in my life. It’s not in my blood.
“If they respect you, respect them. If they disrespect you, still respect them. Do not allow the actions of others to decrease your good manners, because you represent yourself, not others.”— Mohammad Zeyara pic.twitter.com/zEy9qjE96u— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) October 8, 2018
"When the eagle is aggravated it flies out of its cage and attacks its prey even if it just finished with its previous meal, nature is so unforgiving"— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) October 8, 2018
~David Attenborough #UFC229 @joerogan pic.twitter.com/YLtfFMB5Oy
This is a cool thing.
Velimurad Alkhasov (5-0, 1 NC) vs. Marcel Adur (14-4); Brave 18, Nov. 18.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2010: Nick Diaz won a unanimous decision over K.J. Noons to retain his welterweight title at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II. In the co-main event, Marloes Coenen submitted Sarah Kaufman with an armbar to claim the women’s bantamweight title.
After this whole ordeal, Khabib is a massively well-known quantity, and arguably the second biggest star in the UFC. Stripping him of the belt would be the height of idiocy. I expect the UFC will take the belt by Thanksgiving.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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