Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets with Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, who has won the UFC lightweight title, in Ulyanovsk on the Volga River, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Putin defended the fighter's actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor. Nurmagomedov's father Abdulmanap is in the centre.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov and his father on Wednesday.
Putin urged the fighter’s father to cut his son some slack after he promised to punish him worse than the UFC would for inciting a massive post-fight brawl.
The Russian president sympathised with the fighter, saying: “We all understand that it was a provocation.”
“It’s a big pleasure that my victory brought so much joy to our multinational country. It’s our common victory,” Nurmagomedov said on Instagram after the meeting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his sympathy for Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian fighter lost his cool at UFC 229, where he beat Conor McGregor by submission in the fourth round.

Nurmagomedov stole headlines around the world after he leapt out of the cage towards his opponent’s entourage and incited a massive brawl inside the stadium.

Las Vegas police escorted Nurmagomedov out of the arena, and the incidents attracted condemnation from UFC president Dana White.

Nevertheless, in a meeting with Nurmagomedov and his father Abdulmanap on Wednesday, President Putin congratulated the fighter on his victory.

In a video posted by Russia’s RT network, Putin compared Russia to “one big family” and asked the fighter’s father to cut him some slack after he promised to punish his son worse than the UFC for his post-fight melee.

“My team has always been famous for discipline,” Abdulmanap said at the time.

Sympathising with the fighter, Putin told the pair: “I am going to ask your father to cut you some slack because what matters most is that you fought like a fighter and you won.”

He went on: “We all understand that it was a provocation and I’m sure your father understands that too… If we are attacked from the outside, not only you, we could all jump in such a way. There could be hell to pay.”

Nurmagomedov later took to Instagram to share the moment with his followers.

Спасибо большое Владимир Владимирович за тёплый приём и за поздравления. И мне очень приятно, что моя победа, принесла столько радости нашей многонациональной Стране. Это наша общая Победа.

A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on Oct 10, 2018 at 2:50pm PDT on
Oct 10, 2018 at 2:50pm PDT

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Source:: Business Insider


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Vladimir Putin told Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father to cut him some slack after he incited a riot at UFC 229

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