Khabib Nurmagomedov's cousin has opened up on his brawl with Conor McGregor at UFC 229

UFC 229 won’t be remembered for Derrick Lewis’ excellent knockout against Alexander Volkov, or Tony Ferguson’s thrilling victory over Anthony Pettis.

No. The only thing that fight fans will remember about the event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is the aftermath of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win against Conor McGregor.

Nurmagomedov produced a brilliant performance as he forced McGregor to submit in the fourth round.

But, agitated by comments made by the Irishman’s team, the Russian proceeded to jump out of the octagon and attack McGregor’s companions.

It was an ugly scene that didn’t end there.

Members of Nurmagomedov’s team stormed the cage and went for McGregor, with one attacking him from behind.

Three of Khabib’s team were arrested before being released; McGregor has opted not to press charges.

Khabib’s cousin speaks out

Nurmagomedov’s cousin, Abubakar, was involved in the fracas.

He attacked McGregor from the top of the cage, with the Notorious responding with punches of his own. Some even claim that the Irishman landed the first blow.

Abubakar has now taken to social media to deliver his version events and show off the injuries that he suffered.

“In short, I climbed onto the cage. This Irish b**** hit me. But I didn’t hold back either. Bam, boom! – I gave [him] two,” Abubakar, also an MMA fighter said, per  

“The papakha prevented [me], there was a papakha in my left hand.”

The papakha is the hat that Khabib wears on his way to the cage. By Abubakar’s account, McGregor aimed the first punch and he retaliated.

While it sounds like Abubakar enjoyed the brawl, serious consequences could now follow.

UFC president Dana White said afterwards Nurmagomedov could be stripped of his lightweight title.

White also said that bans could be handed out to anyone involved – which would include Abubakar.

It would be an almighty shame if Nurmagomedov was made to relinquish his belt in this way.

At 27-0, he is one of the finest competitors to ever enter the octagon.

Now, his future in the promotion remains unclear.

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