Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father says he’ll punish son ‘tougher’ than UFC does

Khabib Nurmagomedov and his father Abdulmanap

At UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov did what he promised he would do and “smashed” Conor McGregor, submitting the former two-division world champion in the fourth round of their title fight. Then he jumped the fence and attacked McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis which started a brawl with McGregor’s team that has quickly become the most infamous event in MMA history. At the post-fight press conference, Nurmagomedov apologized for the incident but said that McGregor and his team’s trash-talk stepped over the line. He also noted that, “I know my father’s gonna smash me when I go home” and it sure sounds like he was right about that.

Speaking with Tass.ru (h/t Bloody Elbow’s Karim Zidan) Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, revealed that he intends to discipline his son most severely for his exploits after submitting McGregor.

“I will impose a punishment tougher than the UFC’s,” Abdulmanap said. “I warned him. For me, discipline comes first. You do whatever you want in the Octagon, [but] outside — this is the border of civilians, where there are children, women, strangers.”

That’s no small threat. For his part in sparking the melee, Nurmagomedov faces a number of punishments, both form the UFC and from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NAC is already withholding Nurmagomedov’s $2M fight purse, pending an investigation, and UFC President Dana White said that, depending on the length of suspension Nurmagomedov receives from the NAC, the UFC may have to strip him of the lightweight belt.

Still, all of that likely pales on comparison to the punishments to be levied from Abdulmanap because, aside from being his father, Abdulmanap is Khabib’s coach, mentor, and one of the most celebrated coaches in Dagestan. He is seen as largely responsible for the success of his son as well as many of the Dagestani fighters that have thrived in the UFC over the last decade. He is also the guy who had Khabib wrestle a bear when he was a child.

No word yet on whether Khabib will have to wrestle a Kodiak in penance.


MUST-READ STORIES

Bad choice. Dana White: Khabib made ‘a really bad decision in the heat of the moment’.

Also a bad choice. Dana White defends the handling of UFC 229 fight promotion.

$$$. Dana White: Conor McGregor has already asked for Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch.

Understanding. John Kavanagh says he understands Khabib Nurmagomedov’s reaction at UFC 229.

Statement. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department releases statement on UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor brawl.

Discipline. Both Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor facing Nevada commission discipline after UFC 229 mess.


VIDEO STEW

The MMA Hour with Fedor, Duke Roufus, and Ryan Bader.

UFC 229 Rewind.

Fight Motion.

Paulie still desperate to get Conor to box him. Might have a shot now.

The GOAT.

Even if true, Khabib is about to have piles of money thrown at him from his oligarch friends. He’ll be fine.

TTTHS.


LISTEN UP

Anik & Florian. Recapping UFC 229 and the flight of The Eagle.

The Co-Main Event. Moralizing about the UFC’s promotional strategy in light of UFC 229.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Gunning for the rematch already.

More reactions to The Eagle.

Conor getting the full meme treatment.

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The secret is beets.

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Changed his tune.

Now this is something I could see happening.

Derrick Lewis is a treasure.

Because no one is invested in Stipe the champion. Solved it.

The UFC is so stupid these days.

Very zen.

Boss Logic.

This is a cool thing.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Velimurad Alkhasov (5-0, 1 NC) vs. Marcel Adur (14-4); Brave 18, Nov. 18.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2010: Nick Diaz won a unanimous decision over K.J. Noons to retain his welterweight title at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II. In the co-main event, Marloes Coenen submitted Sarah Kaufman with an armbar to claim the women’s bantamweight title.

2013: Jake Shields won a split decision over Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 29.


FINAL THOUGHTS

After this whole ordeal, Khabib is a massively well-known quantity, and arguably the second biggest star in the UFC. Stripping him of the belt would be the height of idiocy. I expect the UFC will take the belt by Thanksgiving.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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