Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, is now home in Dagestan, Russia days after successfully defending his UFC Lightweight Championship title. On October 9, 2018, the Dagestani mixed martial arts superfighter took to Instagram to share a photo of himself with his belt and a BMW while teasing UFC president Dana White in the caption.
It appears that the photo was taken outside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States and the vehicle is White’s. On December 31, 2017, the UFC president posted a photo of Nurmagomedov with the same car after the Dagestani fighter defeated Edson “Junior” Barboza, 32, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at “UFC 219.”
On October 6, 2018, former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor, 30, of Dublin, Ireland failed to dethrone Nurmagomedov in the main event of “UFC 229″ at the T-Mobile Arena. The Dagestani defending champion submitted his Irish opponent via neck crank at 3:03 in the fourth round.
Right after beating McGregor, Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage to fight one of his Irish opponent’s coaches. What ensued was chaos that shook the MMA world, causing the Nevada Athletic Commission to withhold the Dagestani champ’s $2 million purse.
Because of this, Nurmagomedov is getting a suspension between 4-6 months, White said. But the Dagestani superfighter is keeping his UFC Lightweight Championship belt, the UFC president has confirmed.
“This is a respect sport,” Nurmagomedov explained during the “UFC 229” post-fight conference. “This is not a trash-talking sport. You cannot talk about religion. You cannot talk about a nation. You cannot talk about this stuff. For me, this is very important.”
Prior to “UFC 229,” McGregor referred to Nurmagomedov as a “Dagestani rat” and to the Dagestani fighter’s father and head coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov as a “quivering coward.” The Irish fighter went on to call Khabib’s Muslim manager Ali Abdelaziz a “terrorist.”
“He talk about my religion,” Nurmagomedov said of McGregor. “He talk about my country. He talk about my father.”
What Nurmagomedov did at “UFC 229” was seen as a revenge against what McGregor did in April 2018. Days before the “UFC 223” fight night, the Irish superfighter, along with his group, attacked the bus containing his Dagestani rival and several other UFC athletes.
The Nevada Athletic Commission will have a regularly scheduled meeting on October 24, 2018 but the case involving Nurmagomedov and McGregor will not be heard on that day, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported. ’s cases aren’t expected to be heard on that date. The commission is expected to rule on the matter by the end of November 2018, according to the publication.
Here is White’s comment on the post-fight brawl between Nurmagomedov and McGregor’s respective groups: