One of Conor McGregor’s first targets in the buildup to UFC 229 was Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father and coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
After Nurmagomedov’s (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) win and a massive post-fight brawl, the champ’s dad is letting bygones be bygones.
“I forgive Conor McGregor, all in the past,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov wrote on his official Instagram page.
The elder Nurmagomedov was not able to make this past Saturday’s fight, having been denied a visa to enter the U.S. But even from afair, his influence was evident in the wake of the melee. Khabib Nurmagomedov expected his father to “smash” him for his actions.
Sure enough, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov promised on social media, “my sanctions to Khabib will be much stronger than the ones from UFC.”
Currently, the UFC lightweight champion awaits a complaint from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulated the event and is conducting an investigation into the incident. Nurmagomedov faces potential fines, a suspension, and other punishments the commission sees fit for his role in the brawl. His $2 million purse was withheld at the conclusion of the event, while McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) was paid in full.
McGregor, however, is also facing potential disciplinary action, likely for fighting with Nurmagomedov’s teammates. In the buildup to the blockbuster event, he repeatedly attacked the lightweight champ. But he started by hitting close to home (via Instagram).
UFC President Dana White reported those teammates had been detained by the Las Vegas Police Department, but McGregor declined to press charges. The LVPD subsequently released a statement MMAFighting.com that it did not make any arrests.
White defended against critics who said the promotion had stoked the flames of the brawl by highlighting an infamous bus attack by McGregor.
“The way that we promoted the fight was exactly the way this thing played out,” he said. “That’s all part of the story.”
Several MMA observers also noted the religious and ethnic undertones that accompanied the promotion set the stage for a conflict. But Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov said he and his son are moving on.
“It is necessary to make an analysis of everything that happened and learn lessons,” he wrote.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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