UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is defending his teammate involved in the UFC 229 fight that broke out after his victory against Conor McGregor.
Khabib laid down an ultimatum via an Instagram post, threatening to leave UFC should any of his teammates who were involved in the post-main event incident be punished for their involvement.
“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.”
Following his successful title defense against Conor McGregor, Nurmagomedov jumped over the Octagon fence and charged at McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis. The Bellator fighter had allegedly called Nurmagomedov “a f*cking Muslim rat” at some point during the bout, though Danis has since denied these allegations.
The Irishman was then attacked by two men who jumped into the Octagon, one of whom is believed to be Tukhugov.
Tukhugov was scheduled to fight Artem Lobov, a teammate of McGregor’s, at UFC Fight Night 138 on Oct. 27.
The UFC has yet to officially announce discipline for any of the parties involved.