Daniel Cormier has nothing but praise for Khabib Nurmagomedov, this after “The Eagle” paid the fines for his teammates involved in the UFC 229 brawl.
Khabib Nurmagomedov improved his record to a perfect 27-0 by submitting Conor McGregor in the fourth round of their main event contest at UFC 229 this past October in Las Vegas.
Immediately following his impressive finish of the Irish superstar, “The Eagle” proceeded to leap out of the octagon in an attempt to attack McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis.
Khabib’s actions caused a post-fight brawl to ensue which culminated in Conor McGregor being attacked from behind by two of the Russians teammates.
Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who notoriously jumped inside the octagon to attack “Mystic Mac”, were both fined $25,000 and suspended for a year by the commission.
In the most recent edition of The MMA Hour with Luke Thomas, Daniel Cormier praised Khabib Nurmagomedov for his decision to pay the fines his teammates received as a result of the UFC 229 brawl.
“I think that Khabib is doing the most honorable thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Daniel Cormier stated. “Not many guys will pay the fine, the 500 grand, also pay the fines of your teammates and brothers. He’s paying their money too. Whatever they fine [Abubakar and Tukhugov], he’s gonna pay it too. Those are his brothers. They were acting to help him, I guess.”
The UFC Heavyweight champion continued:
“They’re suspended longer, he will sit with them. That’s one thing about those guys and their lifestyle and their community is that they are family at the highest level and what he’s doing is so honorable. Not many people would do that,” Cormier said. “He’s doing it with the idea that even if they take his title, it does not mean more to him than standing next to his brothers. It doesn’t get any better than that. I appreciate it. I do think the fine was steep. Whatever.”
After the NSAC handed out the fines and suspensions stemming from UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov stated that he would never compete in Las Vegas again. “DC” commended “The Eagle” for that decision as well.
“He also said that he’s not gonna fight there anymore. He’s very firm in his approach, he’s very firm in what he wants to convey to the world. I’m very proud of him. I’m proud of the man that Khabib has become from the moment he walked into AKA to who he is today, I’m very proud of him.”
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