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Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t want Conor McGregor to go to jail

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Max Holloway

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Max Holloway

Undefeated UFC fighter Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov of Russia has responded to the recent chaos caused by UFC Lightweight Champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor of Ireland. The Irish fighter and 20 others attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and other fighters at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 5, 2018.

McGregor smashed the windows of the bus with a dolly. It shattered the glasses, which cut the forehead of Michael Chiesa, who is set to fight Anthony Pettis at “UFC 223” at Barclays on April 7, 2018.

“I am laughing inside,” Nurmagomedov told MMA Mania as a reaction to the attack of McGregor and his crew. “You broke window? Why? Come inside. If you real gangster why don’t you come inside? This is big history gangster place, Brooklyn.”

Nurmagomedov is set to compete for the UFC Lightweight Champion belt against reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway. On April 4, 2015, UFC President Dana White confirmed that McGregor “is losing the belt.”

According to Nurmagomedov, only he, his cornerman and his manager were on the bus when McGregor and his crew attacked the vehicle. Referring to the Irish fighter, the Russian fighter said, “You want to talk to me? Send me location. I am going to come. No problem.”

“To be honest, I don’t want him to go to jail,” Nurmagomedov said. “We have to fight. If we have to fight, let’s fight. Send me location. Please, we have to fix this, (just) me and you one-on-one. (But if) you want 10-on-10, okay.”

After attacking the bus, McGregor and his team fled the scene. But it did not take long before the Irish fighter turned himself in at the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, New York Police District spokesperson George Tsourovakas told MMA Junkie.

On April 3, 2018, Nurmagomedov and his crew cornered McGregor’s friend and SBG Ireland teammate Artem Lobov at their host hotel in Brooklyn. It was later revealed that Lobov was part of McGregor’s crew who attacked the bus that caused injury to Chiesa.

Lobov is set to fight Alex Caceres at “UFC 223” but the bout has been cancelled because of the Dublin-based Russian fighter’s involvement in the attack. Meanwhile, watch the “UFC 223” pre-fight press conference here:

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