Russian President Vladimir Putin met and congratulated Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday (10/10/18) after retaining his UFC lightweight title at the main event of UFC 229 against Conor McGregor in a bout which ended in a post-fight brawl.
According to The Guardian, Putin met with Khabib and his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov on the sidelines of a sports forum in Ulyanovsk, Russia.
The fight which ended with a brutal submission victory by Khabib over Ireland’s McGregor on Saturday was followed by fights breaking out in and around the cage. Khabib climbed out of the cage and leapt feet first at McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach and training partner Dillon Danis with a brawl ensuing.
Concurrently, another altercation was happening in the cage when McGregor swung at one of Khabib’s team members, causing a few of them to climb in and attack McGregor.
Putin sympathised with the fighter over his actions at the end of the bout and referenced McGregor’s behaviour and comments in the lead up to the fight, including the alleged mocking of Khabib’s father, country and religion.
“Anyone could have jumped (out of the octagon) in the same way. If we are attacked from the outside, not only you, we could all jump in such a way … there could be hell to pay.” said Putin.
“I will ask your father not to punish you too strictly, because you achieved the main task, worthily and convincingly,” he added.
After the meet-up, Khabib posted a photo of the three together with the caption “Thank you very much Vladimir Vladimirovich for the warm welcome and congratulations.”
“It’s a big pleasure that my victory brought so much joy to our multinational country. It’s our common victory,” he concluded.