Khabib Nurmagomedov has issued a lengthy statement, promising the UFC that he will walk if his teammates are cut from the promotion.
The melee that followed UFC 229’s main-event showdown between Khabib and the former two-weight world champion Conor McGregor is slowly fading into the rear-view but with both men still remaining relatively quiet – this statement from the Russian is bound to cause a few waves.
Khabib took to his official Instagram page to make it very clear to the UFC that he will break his contract if they decide to cut his teammate Zubaira Tukhugov from the promotion.
He also stressed his belief that he didn’t start the brawl in the overall sense of the word, he was merely finishing what the Irishman had started.
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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
It does seem as though the initial shock of seeing such an ugly scene is fading somewhat but if one thing is for certain, it’s that we will be hearing a lot more about the ramifications as the days and weeks go on.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena