Despite claiming the UFC lightweight championship in dominant fashion, Khabib Nurmagomedov is facing an extended spell on the sidelines, pending a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing.
Of course, this is because of the extraordinary attack on Dillion Danis, teammate of Conor McGregor, immediately after UFC 229’s main event.
Initially it was believed that Danis had personally insulted the Dagestani fighter during the bout, with Khabib responding with the attack.
However, SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh denied hearing anything of the sort, allied to the fact that the noise at cageside was far too loud for anyone to hear such an alleged missive.
While Khabib confirmed to Submission Radio that he didn’t hear anything, he revealed that his motivation for doing so was out of anger directed towards McGregor’s entire team, and that even the inoffensive Kavanagh could have been in the firing line if he were younger.
“No, I didn’t hear him, you know,” said Nurmagomedov. “I jumped on him because the other corner is too old.”
“Because Conor’s other corner, other coaches, are too old, and that’s why I jumped on him, because he’s almost like my age. If I jumped on Kavanagh, I don’t think it’s too – because Kavanagh can’t fight me.
That’s why I jumped on him. But when I fight, I didn’t hear him, it was too loud.”
So it wasn’t a particular problem Khabib had with Danis – he was merely out for more blood of the McGregor camp having just defeated their fighter.
“But I don’t like his whole team. I have choice what I’m gonna do, but all other old coaches were too old for me. They cannot fight with me. They’re almost like my father’s age. That’s why I jump on him.”