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Khabib Nurmagomedov threatens to leave UFC if teammate is released

The UFC lightweight champion isn't happy with his employers and told the world about it Thursday.

Fresh off his fourth round submission win over Conor McGregor and the subsequent post-fight melee at Saturday's UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov threatened to leave UFC if they cut his teammate.



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I would like to address @ufc 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, @zubairatukhugov has 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. if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself. And one more thing, 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. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers

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The fighter in question is Zubaira Tukhugov, a UFC featherweight who is scheduled to face McGregor teammate Artem Lobov at the UFC Moncton, Canada, event in just a few weeks. He was part of the post-fight brawl in which Nurmagomedov left the cage in an attempt to fight McGregor teammate Dillon Danis, an altercation that spilled over into the cage as well.

After the show, Dana White said that any of Nurmagomedov's teammates involved would be done with the UFC, but they have yet to announce any releases or other sanctions.