Nurmagomedov and Putin reportedly met Wednesday in the city of Ulyanovsk at the “Russia – Country of Sports” forum. Nurmagomedov’s father and trainer, Abdulmanap, also was in attendance.
Meeting with Putin continues a whirlwind celebration tour for Nurmagomedov, who successfully defended his title by submitting Conor McGregor this past Saturday at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. On Monday, the Dagestani champion was received a hero’s welcome from thousands of adoring fans at Anzhi Arena in regional capital Makhachkala upon his arrival to his home country.
Nurmagomedov’s victory was marred by the post-fight melee he incited when he jumped over the octagon fence and attacked McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis. For that, Abdulmanap promised his son would experience severe consequences.
Putin, though, said he would ask for leniency.
“I will ask your father not to punish you too strictly, because you achieved the main task, worthily and convincingly,” Putin said, via RT.com.
During the UFC 229 post-fight press conference, Nurmagomedov apologized for inciting the brawl but immediately walked it back, pointing to McGregor’s pre-fight provocation for his actions.
Nurmagomedov also said he expected to be punished by his father.
“I know my father gonna smash me when I go home because … I know he gonna smash me,” Khabib said.
With a little luck, maybe Putin convinced Abdulmanap otherwise.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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