Khabib Nurmagomedov has issued a statement in which he threatens to quit the UFC due to the promotion's treatment of his teammate, Zubaira Tukhugov, following the weekend's events at UFC 229.
Tukhugov was one of those to enter the octagon following the fight between Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Tukhugov was pictured striking McGregor.
The UFC subsequently cancelled a fight which was due to take place between Tukhugov and McGregor teammate, Artem Lobov, later this month at a Fight Night event in Canada.
The statement from Nurmagomedov, issued via Instagram, reads:
I would like to address the 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, Zubaira Tukhugov 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.
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