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UFC: Khabib threatens to quit if teammate fired

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By Rafael Bandayrel

Undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his teammate Zubaira Tukhugov for getting involved at the post-fight melee that marred his submission win over Conor McGregor at the UFC 229 main event.

In an Instagram post, Nurmagomedov issued a lengthy rant towards the UFC, threatening to leave the company if Tukhugov gets fired for the incident.

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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

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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?” Nurmagomedov wrote. “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, Zubaira Tukhugov 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.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Nurmagomedov kick started a skirmish by jumping out of the fence to attack McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis who was watching cageside.

McGregor then retaliated by punching a member of Nurmagomedov’s team who was trying to climb inside the cage. The Irishman was then swarmed by Tukhugov and another man who successfully got into the Octagon.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended McGregor and Nurmagomedov for their roles in the incident. Letters were sent to both camps on Wednesday informing both fighters that they will be suspended for at least 10 days effective Oct. 15, per MMA Fighting.

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