Rabat – Russian President, Vladimir Putin has warmly congratulated Khabib Nurmagomedov in person for his win of the UFC 229 lightweight championship over Conor McGregor.
On Sunday early morning, Russian Khabib beat McGregor in the UFC 229 in Las Vegas. He jumped into McGregor’s team’s area over an incident that happened weeks before. He said McGregor had insulted him and his father, attacked a bus, and mocked his religion.
Putin received Nurmagomedov and his father on Wednesday, October 10. He thanked Khabib’s father for raising such a great fighter and asked him to cut Khabib some slack.
During the meeting, Nurmagomedov said, “I hope the Athletic Commission will rule in our favour.” He was referring to an investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission into his behavior.
Putin laughed before saying, “Well what can I say about that?”
“We all understand that it was a provocation, and I’m sure your father understands that too,” he added.
Putin justified Khabib’s jump into McGregor’s team. Putin argued that Russians are all one family, and if someone attacks them from the outside, then all Russians will charge the accusers.
The Russian president finished the visit by wishing continued success for Khabib.