Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals What Vladimir Putin Told Him After McGregor Fight
It was always going to be a feisty affair with months of back and forth between Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov and Irishman Conor Mcgregor.
However, despite the ugly scenes, Khabib revealed in the post-fight press conference that he had a fan in his home country - namely Vladimir Putin, who apparently phoned the 30-year-old to congratulate him on his victory.
Khabib said: "He [McGregor] took a picture with Putin, but Putin just called me and told me he is proud of me. And he said congratulations."
Khabib was poking fun at McGregor, who posted a photograph of himself with the Russian President, after he was invited as Putin's guest to watch the World Cup Final between France and Croatia.
No one was expecting the mass brawl that kicked off moments after McGregor's fourth round submission, which handed victory to Khabib and saw his unbeaten run extended to 27-0.
The 30-year-old from Dagestan wasn't content with just winning, however. he then turned his attention to McGregor's corner, leaping over the fence and attacking Dillon Danis, one of his opponent's coaches.
McGregor himself was then attacked by two men, reportedly members of Khabib's team, who jumped into the octagon.
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During the press conference Khabib also took the opportunity to defend his actions, though he did apologise to the Nevada Athletic Commission - who are currently investigating the post-match brawl.
He said: "I want to say sorry to the Athletic Commission, and sorry to Vegas; I know this is not my best side.
"But I don't understand how people can say I jumped on the cage. He talked about my religion, my family; he came to Brooklyn and could have killed people on the bus.
"Why are we talking about me climbing on the cage?"
UFC boss Dana White confirmed that Khabib will not receive his $2 million (£1.5m) purse for the fight until the athletic commission's investigation into the incident has finished.
He has also told press that two men who jumped into the octagon and attacked McGregor were UFC athletes Zubaira Tukhugov and Islam Makhachev, and they will never fight again for the company.
Three men were arrested following the brawl but were later released after McGregor decided not to press charges.
His opponent McGregor has already been paid the $3m (£2.3m) owed to him for the fight.
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