Undefeated UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov earned the undisputed lightweight title over the weekend. Defeating Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision at UFC 223 on Saturday, April 7, “The Eagle” became the first Dagestani champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
During his post-fight interview, Nurmagomedov had a few things to say. After thanking his team and calling out Georges St-Pierre in English, the fighter switched to his native tongue. Speaking in Russian, Nurmagomedov pleaded to Russian President Vladimir Putin concerning the recent arrest of Ziyavudin Magomedov.
Ziyavudin Magomedov was arrest on March 31 on charges of embezzlement and “organization of a criminal community.” Check out a translation of Nurmagomedov’s plea to Putin over the matter below:
“Our elder brother is a co-owner of our team Ziyavudin Magomedov is in a difficult situation.”
“He was very helpful to me and other athletes from Russia. Now he has problems, but I want him to know that we, the athletes, are praying for him. I believe that this situation will soon be resolved. I hope that our leader Vladimir Putin will help him. I want to congratulate him on the victory in the last election.”
The original interview can be seen here: