Khabib Nurmagomedov father warns punishment for UFC 229 brawl will be ‘much stronger’ than sanctions
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, warned that his punishment for the shameful brawl started by his son will be ‘much stronger’ than the sanctions imposed by the UFC and Nevada State Athletic Commission.
He said: ‘This is a respect sport. Not a trash talking sport. I don’t want to talk s*** about opponents, my father, religion or country, this is very important. My father is going to smash me when I go home.’
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father (right) warned he will punish his son for sparking the brawl
And he was right. Abdulmanap has condemned the behaviour of his son who, after submitting his opponent, jumped over the cage to fight the Irishman’s team-mate Dillon Danis.
‘You can do whatever you want in the octagon; outside of it, there’s children, women, random people.
‘My team has always been known for its discipline, hence my sanctions to Khabib will be much stronger than the ones from UFC,’ the 55-year-old told Russian TV.
The 55-year-old said his team are famed for their discipline and there will be repercussions
Given the emphasis on discipline, Abdulmanap will have been particularly disappointed to see three members of the Dagestani party arrested.
They jumped into the cage and one landed punches on McGregor as the scenes inside Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena descended into chaos.
Khabib has a close relationship with his father and Abdulmanap has trained the ‘Eagle’ since childhood.
When his son was nine-years-old he had the young wrestling prodigy grapple with bears and even converted the bottom floor of their apartment block into a gym for Khabib and his 16 siblings and cousins.
The wrestling supremo was escorted by security out of the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday
Abdulmanap has trained his son in a number of disciplines from a young age in Russia
The lightweight champion’s purse of £1.5million was withheld by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Saturday night and there will be further punishments to come, not just an ear-bashing from his father in Dagestan.
UFC president Dana White thinks a short suspension and fine would suffice.
‘I think they should take £250,000 from him. (He) absolutely keeps his title. And he’s going to get suspended, so maybe you give him a four to six months suspension,’ he said.