Nurmagomedov’s countryman Zubaira Tukhugov — a rostered featherweight fighter — has been pulled from a fight against Artem Lobov following the brawl that broke out after Saturday’s fight. In the chaos that ensued Tukhugov exchanged blows with McGregor after climbing into the ring.
“You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor,” Nurmagomedov said in a lengthy Instagram post addressed to UFC.
“But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST [sic], 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.”
UFC president Dana White said that the individuals who jumped in the ring — three of whom, including Tukhugov, were part of Nurmagomedov’s team — would “never fight here.”
Nurmagomedov, who maintained his unbeaten 27-0 record with a comfortable victory over McGregor, climbed out of the cage and appeared to attack someone in the crowd immediately after the fight.
Nurmagomedov’s prize money from the fight has so far been withheld, but the 30-year-old will have to wait to see the extent of the charges he will face.
“And one more thing,” the Russian continued in his Instagram post, “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.”