Report: Khabib goes public with UFC ultimatum – “fire Zubaira Tukhugov and lose me too”

Just when things appeared to be settling down after the explosive events of UFC 229, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has issued a strongly worded ultimatum to the promotion, threatening to walk away from the promotion if they choose to fire his friend and team mate, Zubaira Tukhugov.

Tukhugov, who was not part of Khabib’s corner at UFC 229, vaulted over the cage in the chaos which followed the main event, sucker punching Conor McGregor from behind before landing multiple punches on the unsuspecting Irishman who had just been pulled away from another scuffle with a member of Khabib’s corner team. Tukhugov can consider himself fortunate that McGregor chose to call it quits and not to press criminal charges for the assault, leaving him free to continue his career free of any legal troubles.

Khabib is outraged that the UFC are contemplating releasing his friend and is willing to leverage his own position in the organisation to attempt to save him from being cut.

“Why didn’t you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?

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.

In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that.
If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled 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.

And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end.
#Brothers “

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I would like to address @ufc Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family? 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. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled 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. And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers

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Following on from Conor McGregor’s misguided act of loyalty in flying from Ireland to Brooklyn, New York in April to confront Khabib and his team over their treatment of Artem Lobov, this is yet another example of the almost self destructive level of loyalty which has become the overriding theme of this whole drama between the two camps.

The statement from the champion also references Tukhugov’s scheduled fight being cancelled, which many would consider to be a sensible move on the UFC’s part considering he was set to face SBG stalwart, Lobov, at UFC Moncton later this month.

Regardless of any potential disciplinary action, the last thing the promotion needs right now is to have Team Khabib and SBG face one another again so soon after their last encounter.

It remains to be seen if this threat will have any sway over the UFC’s decision to keep Tukhugov on their roster but it is certainly a risky game to play considering the UFC yave historically taken throwing punches after a fight extremely seriously.

Just ask Paul Daley.

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