Nur­magome­dov threat to break con­tract

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Un­beaten UFC light­weight cham­pion Khabib Nur­magome­dov has threat­ened the leave the world’s big­gest MMA pro­mo­tion in the fall­out fol­low­ing his sub­mis­sion win over Conor McGre­gor at UFC 229 last week­end.

Nur­magome­dov mauled the Ir­ish­man, who was fighting in the oc­tagon for the first time in two years, how­ever his per­for­mance was over­shad­owed by the melee that broke out in­side and out­side the oc­tagon fol­low­ing the fight.

While Nur­magome­dov launched him­self out of the cage in re­ac­tion to mem­bers of McGre­gor’s team, McGre­gor took a swipe at a mem­ber of the Rus­sian’s team in­side the cage which saw other mem­bers of Nur­magome­dov’s team en­ter the cage and un­load on McGre­gor.

One of those was UFC feath­er­weight Zubaira Tukhugov, who has since been pulled from his sched­uled bout at UFC Fight Night Monc­ton in New Brunswick later this month. In a post on In­sta­gram, Nur­magome­dov ad­dressed the UFC in their ap­proach to deal­ing with the melee, ques­tion­ing whether there was a dou­ble stan­dard set in McGre­gor’s case.

“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,” Nur­magome­dov said.

“In any case, pun­ish me, [Tukhugov] has noth­ing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mis­taken. You can­celled 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.’’

Pic­ture / Getty Images

Nur­magome­dov is held by the ref dur­ing his fight.

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