It is now Khabib’s manager’s turn to taste the bitter consequence of the UFC 229 brawl.
Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s successful lightweight title defence against Conor McGregor last Saturday, an ugly post-fight brawl broke out at the T-mobile Arena involving the members and fans from both fighters’ camp.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has withheld the defending champion’s entire $2 million purse after he jumped over the cage to attack one of McGregor’s cornermen, Dillon Danis. But it looked like Khabib was not the only one to be denied of his paycheck as reports loomed on Thursday that the commission has also kept Ali Abdelaziz ‘s 10 per cent cut.
— The Fighters Hub (@thefightershub) October 10, 2018
Rough Week for Team Khabib
The victory of the Russian champ against ‘The Notorious’ was one of the greatest moments in Nurmagomedov’s career. However, the celebration became short-lived as the controversial melee overshadowed the win.
Khabib received a hero’s welcome from his home fans when he returned to Russia last Monday. Other than that, it has been a rough week for Team Khabib as they started to reap the repercussions of the post-fight brawl.
UFC President Dana White has decided to cut Khabib’s teammate Zubaira Tukhugov after he attacked the Irish star in the cage last Saturday. Tukhugov is set to lock horns with McGregor teammate Artem Lobov later this month but will no longer see action in the bout after his involvement in the incident.
Meanwhile, NSAC decided to freeze Nurmagomedov’s $2 million paycheck until the investigation into the brawl is completed.
Both decisions did not sit well for the undefeated champ as he unleashed his fury to the promotion and the commission in a lengthy Instagram post.
“If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You cancelled 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.”
He also told NSAC:
“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.”
Check the whole post below:
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, @zubairatukhugovhas 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.
NSAC Also Withheld Ali Abdelaziz’s Money
Aside from freezing Khabib’s paycheck, the commission has reportedly done the same to his manager, Abdelaziz, due to controversies on providing support to his estranged son Noah. The issue was first heard during the UFC 229 build up when McGregor warned the controversial manager to not speak anything about him.
“I know a lot about you as well, you mad rat. I know a lot about you as well. You keep your mouth shut, kid. Let me take my picture. How’s Noah? Shut your mouth. Never speak about me, ever in your life. Watch yourself around me because you’ll be out of here quick,” the former two-division champ told Abdelaziz.
Well, it looks like McGregor was right. Journalist Mike Russell revealed on Thursday that NSAC has also withheld Khabib’s manager’s 10 per cent cut, amounting to $200 000, due to his “outstanding child support arrears” to Noah.
I am told that the family of Ali Abdelaziz's son Noah have contacted NSAC in regards to his estranged father's outstanding child support arrears. The commission has Abdelaziz's $200k cut locked up with Khabib's purse. Interesting Mexican standoff shaping up in NV.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) October 11, 2018
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