Russian president Vladimir Putin is eager for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father to go easy on his son following his actions at the end of UFC 229.
Nurmagomedov and his father, Abdulmanap, met with Putin after the successful defence of his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor.
Abdulmanap has promised to punish his son following his part in the brawl that marred Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas.
But when Nurmagomedov’s father met with Putin, he was asked “not to punish him too severely” by the Russian president.
The Eagle lost his head after exchanging words with Dillon Danis, McGregor’s teammate, after the fight.
Danis, just like McGregor, had joined in with trying to unsettle the Dagestan-born fighter before the bout.
He labelled Nurmagomedov a “backwards c***” in an Instagram post before the fight.
Danis tweeted in August
And UFC fans are now responding to a tweet Danis posted in August.
The 25-year-old posted a photo of Nurmagomedov looking troubled, writing: “the eyes they never lie”.
Following UFC 229, Danis was always going to get teased for his tweet.
Fans have responded by sharing the photo of him reacting as Nurmagomedov flies towards him.
And they’re also posting a picture of McGregor looking utterly deflated as he stares up towards the lightweight champion.
McGregor’s eyes definitely tell a story in that photo.
The Irishman was outmatched on Saturday night, eventually submitting to rear-naked choke in the fourth round.
It was the fourth loss of McGregor’s MMA career and it’s easy to think that a fight against Nurmagomedov was simply too much on his return to the Octagon after two years away.
The Notorious wants a rematch, though, and we can only hope that he’s in better form should he face Nurmagomedov again.
It’s the fight that UFC fans want next for McGregor.
In a GiveMeSport poll, 64 per cent of voters said that McGregor should fight Nurmagomedov again instead of completing the trilogy against Nate Diaz.