STREAMING NOW: Watch Now
CLOSINGS: View Closings

Khabib Nurmagomedov threatens to quit UFC after brawl

Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit UFC in the wake of his ...

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 1:45 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2018 1:45 PM

Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit UFC in the wake of his victory over Conor McGregor in Las Vegas at the weekend.

Nurmagomedov's countryman Zubaira Tukhugov -- a rostered featherweight fighter -- has been pulled from a fight against Artem Lobov following the brawl that broke out after Saturday's fight. In the chaos that ensued Tukhugov exchanged blows with McGregor after climbing into the ring.

Assault and battery

Conor McGregor

Crime, law enforcement and corrections

Crimes against persons

Criminal offenses

Sports figures

Sports organizations and teams

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Continents and regions

Eastern Europe

Europe

Russia

"You canceled Zubaira's fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor," Nurmagomedov said in a lengthy Instagram post addressed to UFC.

"But don't forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST [sic], 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."

READ: UFC 'never going to change' after trash talk fuels ugly brawl

READ: Conor McGregor comeback ends in defeat

Tukhugov admitted after the fight to jumping into the ring, reportedly saying on social media that he "slapped [McGregor] as promised."

UFC president Dana White said that the individuals who jumped in the ring -- three of whom, including Tukhugov, were part of Nurmagomedov's team -- would "never fight here."

Nurmagomedov, who maintained his unbeaten 27-0 record with a comfortable victory over McGregor, climbed out of the cage and appeared to attack someone in the crowd immediately after the fight.

He later said he had been aggravated by McGregor's pre-fight trash talk, with the Irishman, who had not fought since his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August last year, making remarks concerning Nurmagomedov's family, religion, and nationality.

Nurmagomedov also referenced an incident earlier this year when McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after attacking a bus carrying UFC fighters in Brooklyn which injured a number of athletes and led to the cancellation of two fights and the way it had been used to promote last weekend's bout.

It has been widely reported that McGregor and Nurmagomedov have been temporarily suspended from October 15-24 for the events that followed Saturday's fight until the Nevada Athletic Commission hold a hearing.

Nurmagomedov's prize money from the fight has so far been withheld, but the 30-year-old will have to wait to see the extent of the charges he will face.

Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos

"And one more thing," the Russian continued in his Instagram post, "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."

St. Joseph
Partly Cloudy
95° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 79°
Feels Like: 101°
Maryville
Partly Cloudy
86° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 93°
Savannah
Partly Cloudy
95° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 77°
Feels Like: 101°
Cameron
Partly Cloudy
95° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 77°
Feels Like: 100°
Atchison
Partly Cloudy
94° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 75°
Feels Like: 97°
More hot and humid weather on the way for today with highs back in the upper 90s with some areas reaching triple digits. Use caution when spending time outside because heat index values will once again be in the triple digits for many. A cold front will start to approach our area tonight and stall to our north giving us a few chances for showers and thunderstorms overnight, however this activity will not be widespread. Temperatures will still be above average this weekend with highs in the 90s. A few lingering rain chances will continue this weekend, but much of the weekend will be dry. The cold front will move through the area early next week giving us some much cooler temperatures. High will be back down in the upper 70s and lower 80s to start off next week.
KQTV Radar
KQTV Temperatures
KQTV Alerts
   

Best of St. Joe

 

Community Events