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Vladimir Putin asks Khabib’s father not to punish him over McGregor brawl

Earlier today, President Vladimir Putin congratulated UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his victory over Connor McGregor at UFC229, and showed sympathy to his actions towards the end of the bout.

“I will ask your father not to punish you too strictly, because you achieved the main task, worthily and convincingly,” said Putin.

“Anyone could have jumped [out of the octagon] in the same way,” he continued.

“If we are attacked from the outside, not only you, we could all jump in such a way … there could be hell to pay.”

“it’s better not to reach that stage,” Putin adds.

Khabib has made it clear that his father was going to discipline him when he spoke at the UFC229 post-fight press conference.

“My father teach me, you have to be always respectful,” said Nurmagomedov. “I know my father is going to smash me when I go home.”

Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap, later confirmed his son’s concerns about his punishment.

“I will impose a punishment tougher than the UFC’s,” said Abdulmanap.

“I warned him. For me, discipline comes first. You do whatever you want in the Octagon, [but] outside — this is the border of civilians, where there are children, women, strangers,” he continues.

When Dana White was asked about Khabib’s current situation he said, “[Nurmagomedov] has to go before the Nevada commission [after his purse from the fight was withheld due to the brawl], and we have to see what’s going to happen with Khabib and this whole mess,” White told ESPN on Monday. “But Conor McGregor has already called me, wanting a rematch.”