Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit UFC as tensions increase in the wake of the melee that followed his victory over Conor McGregor on Saturday.
The Russian’s impressive UFC 229 win was marred by a post-bout brawl, one in which his stable-mate Zubaira Tukhugov was involved in.
Nurmagomedov has seen his share of the purse withheld and has been warned he could be stripped of his belt.
There has also been speculation that UFC might sever its relationship with Tukhugov ahead of his scheduled fight against Artem Lobov on October 27.
In an Instagram post addressed to the UFC on Thursday, Nurmagomedov defended Tukhugov and referenced McGregor’s attack on a bus in Brooklyn after a media event ahead of UFC 223 in April. McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and avoided jail time.
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“Why didn’t you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people,” Nurmagomedov wrote.
“They could have killed someone there, why no one [sic] 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, Zubaira Tukhugov has nothing to do with that.
“If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You cancelled 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 [sic] 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.”
The post came the day after UFC president Dana White appeared to try to ease tensions with a tweet that contained the caption: “Hi Mrs. Nurmagomedov, can Khabib come out and play?”
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