Khabib Reveals The UFC Was Already Negotiating His Next Fight, Before He Made His Ultimatum

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor on Oct. 6, in what has become the largest pay-per-view in UFC history. However, Nurmagomedov ended the UFC 229 broadcast by leaping out of the octagon and sparking a massive brawl between the two fight camps.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has since frozen Khabib Nurmagomedov’s $2 million payday and the UFC has banned Nurmagomedov’s teammate Zubaira Tukhugov from competing within the promotion. Tukhugov allegedly attacked Conor McGregor during the fracas.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has gone on to threaten to leave the UFC entirely if his teammate is not reinstated within the promotion. Speaking to Russian media in a recent interview, as seen within the video provided below, Khabib Nurmagomedov has gone on to reveal that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has already attempted to open up negotiations concerning his next fight. However, the Dagestan native quickly shot down the conversation in solidarity to his teammate.

“You know, I think that a man, and this is a little sad, not always has a chance to distinguish himself. To show the person that you are and the values that you represent. To be a man in our day and age is very hard. I told them… they already started to negotiate my next fight… I told them no, wait, slow down.

“You punished my team and you want me to negotiate with you? That will never happen. This is what we will do, everything is going to be alright with my team. Because we didn’t start this, we ended this. Don’t get the stuff confused. We are Sambo guys, Sambo stands for Samooborona biz oruzhiya (Self defense without weapons), we didn’t come with weapons. We went out against guys who are as prepared and well trained as we are and stood up for our honor. And now you pay them off, give them their purse, money and send them home and try to push all the blame on our team? This will never happen.

“If you want to… don’t want to curse… but if you do bad things like this. We will not partake in this, handle your business do whatever you want, but don’t call me about the next fight. Until you sort out all the problems of my team, my brothers, don’t call me at all.”

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