UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was last seen defeating Conor McGregor by submission in the main event of UFC 229.
The champion would instigate a huge brawl after the fight by hopping the Octagon fence and is now awaiting punishment with McGregor for those actions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Dana White already handed out some punishments of his own for the melee, stating that Zubaira Tukhugov and Islam Makhachev are no longer fighting in the promotion after allegedly attacking McGregor during the brawl.
Nurmagomedov recently issued a statement on Instagram, stating that if either Tukhugov or Makhachev gets punished for the UFC 229 brawl, a move would be made by him to exit the UFC for good:
I would like to address @ufc Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family? Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video. if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. 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. 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 honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers
There has been no comment yet from the UFC about Nurmagomedov’s future, but Tukhugov has been pulled from a fight against Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night Moncton.
It may not be hard for Nurmagomedov to find work outside of the UFC, as the lightweight champion took to Twitter to say that the WWE has contacted him:
@WWE ask me to jump inside.— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) October 12, 2018
What do you think guys? #SmashLesnar #FakeFights
No comment has been made yet by the WWE as to whether or not they have contacted the UFC Lightweight Champion.
Plenty of MMA fighters have found success in the pro wrestling world, including Brock Lensar, Ken Shamrock, Ronda Rousey, Dan Severn, Shayna Baszler, Matt Riddle, Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir, Tank Abbott, CM Punk and a host of others.