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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

'Hell to pay': Putin verdict on Conor sledges


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Russian president Vladimir Putin asked the dad of UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov to go easy on him for his part in the brawl that followed his win over Conor McGregor.

Nurmagomedov jumped the cage to fight a McGregor teammate in a violent aftermath to their bitter clash on the weekend.

Nurmagomedov's father said after the fight he "will impose a punishment tougher than the UFC's", adding: "I warned him. For me, discipline comes first."

But the BBC reports that in a meeting between the trio on Wednesday, Putin asked Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov "not to punish him too severely".

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has withheld Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse pending an investigation into the behaviour of both fighters. McGregor was attacked in the cage after the fight but was videoed as having thrown a punch at Nurmagomedov supporters. 

Putin congratulated Nurmagomedov on his victory and sympathised with the fighter over his actions at the end of the bout.

During the meeting, Putin appeared to reference McGregor’s behaviour in the build-up to the fight. McGregor had mocked the Russian’s father, home region and Muslim religion.

“Anyone could have jumped [out of the octagon] in the same way,” said Putin. “If we are attacked from the outside, not only you, we could all jump in such a way … there could be hell to pay.” Putin added that “It’s better not to reach that stage.”

Nurmagomedov has since apologised for his actions and said his father and trainer, Abdulmanap, would “smash me when I get home”.

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

Although the UFC have yet release official pay-per-view figures from UFC 229, UFC chief Dana White said it did “over two million” buys, shattering the promotion’s record of 1.65m purchases for the UFC 202 card headlined by McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz.

“The pay-per-view numbers are starting to roll in, so I’m in a much better mood than I was on Saturday,” White said. “We didn’t do three million. But it’s so hard to crack two million. Even (Mike) Tyson-(Evander) Holyfield was at like 1.995 (million). Things like that didn’t crack two million. We’re way over.”

 

Russian president Vladimir Putin asked the dad of UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov to go easy on him for his part in the brawl that followed his win over Conor McGregor.

Nurmagomedov jumped the cage to fight a McGregor teammate in a violent aftermath to their bitter clash on the weekend.

Nurmagomedov's father said after the fight he "will impose a punishment tougher than the UFC's", adding: "I warned him. For me, discipline comes first."

But the BBC reports that in a meeting between the trio on Wednesday, Putin asked Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov "not to punish him too severely".

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has withheld Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse pending an investigation into the behaviour of both fighters. McGregor was attacked in the cage after the fight but was videoed as having thrown a punch at Nurmagomedov supporters. 

Putin congratulated Nurmagomedov on his victory and sympathised with the fighter over his actions at the end of the bout.

During the meeting, Putin appeared to reference McGregor’s behaviour in the build-up to the fight. McGregor had mocked the Russian’s father, home region and Muslim religion.

“Anyone could have jumped [out of the octagon] in the same way,” said Putin. “If we are attacked from the outside, not only you, we could all jump in such a way … there could be hell to pay.” Putin added that “It’s better not to reach that stage.”

Nurmagomedov has since apologised for his actions and said his father and trainer, Abdulmanap, would “smash me when I get home”.

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

Although the UFC have yet release official pay-per-view figures from UFC 229, UFC chief Dana White said it did “over two million” buys, shattering the promotion’s record of 1.65m purchases for the UFC 202 card headlined by McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz.

“The pay-per-view numbers are starting to roll in, so I’m in a much better mood than I was on Saturday,” White said. “We didn’t do three million. But it’s so hard to crack two million. Even (Mike) Tyson-(Evander) Holyfield was at like 1.995 (million). Things like that didn’t crack two million. We’re way over.”

 
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