UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was an unstoppable force at UFC 229.
The Russian sensation proved that his perfect professional MMA record was no fluke and not even a former champ champ in Conor McGregor could stop him from wreaking havoc in the lightweight division.
Following his emphatic fourth-round submission victory over the Irish star, Khabib sparked an ugly brawl at the T-mobile arena after he attacked one of McGregor’s cornermen, Dillon Danis.
It then resulted in bigger fights inside and outside the venue.
But did you know that Nurmagomedov almost hit Leonardo DiCaprio during the brawl?
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor were both served with hefty fines and lengthy suspensions for their roles in the ugly post-fight fracas that ensued after their massive clash in the main event of UFC 229 last October.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission was slapped with $500 000 fine and a nine-month suspension for instigating the violence at UFC 229 while McGregor will be sitting out for six months aside from paying a penalty of $50 000.
Khabib has aired his frustrations over the NSAC’s decision through social media. In a Twitter post, he wrote “politics forever,” implying that the ruling wasn’t fair and was purely political.
But if there is one thing the undefeated lightweight was really upset about, it was the one-year suspensions served to Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov – his teammates who brawled with “The Notorious” inside the cage.
As for his actions during the night of UFC 229, regret is not on his vocabulary.
In a recent interview with Russian channel Match TV, Khabib remained firm on his actions after his historic clash with McGregor.
“I made enough wrong things in my life I’m sorry about, but you can’t turn time back and change something.”
“If I could, believe me I would. But not this time. If the situation (jump from octagon) repeated 100 times, I would do the same 100 times. No regret about what I did,” stated Khabib.
“Someone liked it, someone not. It doesn’t matter. I did what I wanted to do. I am sambo practitioner and sambo is martial art about self defense without weapons. I didn’t attacked someone first, I was attacked.”
“There were provocations. There was support from organization (UFC) in his direction. A lot of moments I turned blind eye to. Remember when I said – 6 October I will dot the i’s and cross the t’s? Everyone have their own opinion, I don’t wanna to argue with anybody,” he stressed.
The lightweight champion also shared his thoughts about the NSAC decision. He slammed the commission for legalising prostitution, drugs and gambling and insisted that he has no plans to negotiate with them to shorten the suspension.
“I was fined ten times more than McGregor. I think by this, they showed their attitude not only to me but to our whole country. Sport should be free from politics. I felt a lot of politics in our fight and its build up.”
“They have something to work on – on themselves. They can’t reprehend me. I don’t agree with it.”
“Right now I don’t have any desire to negotiate with them. They made a decision (hearing) and showed their true attitude. I have nothing to do with their social videos. Law wise I can’t do anything with their decision (suspension).”
“The Eagle” then revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio, who was in attendance at UFC 229, got almost hit by his infamous flying kick.
” Yes he is big fan of the sport (MMA). When I jumped from Octagon he was sitting in 5-6 meters to the side. Hey you almost jumped on me!”.
“We had a talk and then he invited us to dinner. I was curious how he will have a dinner in restaurant in the middle of a city.”
“Hes good lad, but I was surprised when he rejected people to take some photos with him. He said you can’t make happy everybody. He do photo only with children,” Khabib claimed.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Khabib Nurmagomedov and Leonardo DiCaprio)