MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin met and congratulated Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday after he retained his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor in a bout overshadowed by a post-fight brawl.
Nurmagomedov’s brutal submission victory over Ireland’s McGregor on Saturday was followed by fights breaking out in and around the cage.
Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage before leaping feet first at McGregor’s team mate and cornerman Dillon Danis. Three of the Russian’s team were arrested and later released.
Putin asked Nurmagomedov’s father “not to punish him too severely” for the brawl.
(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Editing by Toby Davis)