Conor McGregor attacker Zubaira Tukhugov issues statement after Khabib’s UFC 229 ultimatum
The Russian featherweight’s future in mixed martial arts’ premier promotion is currently in major doubt following his antics during the brawl which followed the main event of UFC 229.
Moments after his fellow countryman Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor with a fourth-round neck crank, Tukhugov stormed the Octagon and punched the Irishman.
In the post-fight press conference, an irate UFC president Dana White claimed that Tukhugov would be banned for his actions.
“The guys who jumped in will never fight here. They’ll never fight here,” White said in the post-fight press conference.
However, the Chechen may very well not be banished from the promotion as Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit the organisation if his ‘brother’ is axed.
“If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too,” a fired-up Nurmagomedov said on Instagram.
“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.”
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He added: “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 honour and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end.”
And less than 24 hours after his team-mate’s ultimatum, Tukhugov has issued a statement of his own, in which he’s revealed he’s hoping all the issues which have arisen from UFC 229 ‘will be resolved soon.’
“Salaam Alaykum. First of all, I want to congratulate my brother on a great victory,” the 27-year-old wrote on Instagram.
“I will not say much, Khabib, you yourself know how I wanted you to win!
“As for me, I want to thank you all for your support, it is just enormous.
“I hope that all issues will be resolved soon!”
Tukhugov has shown no remorse for attacking McGregor and bragged about the assault on social media the day after the fight.
“I slapped him as promised,” he said according to a translation from Guardian journalist Karim Zidan.
“I promised to make him answer for his words and I did.”