It's been nearly four months since the astonishing post-fight brawl between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dillon Danis, and as of yet there has been no official sanctions against the UFC Lightweight champion.
After submitting Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in the biggest fight of the promotion's history, Nurmagomedov scaled the cage to go after McGregor's training partner Danis, who appeared to be talking smack on the outside.
We all know what happened next, a brawl on the outside of the Octagon before Khabib's cornermen jumped Conor from behind - all-in-all it was a full-on mess.
Nevada State Athletic Commission originally withheld all of Khabib's $2 million purse for the fight, but then released half of it to the Russian whilst keeping him suspended from the organisation.
The hearing surrounding the after-fight antics has yet to take place - it was originally scheduled for December but has been postponed until January 29, so that both Khabib's team and NSAC can continue to negotiate a settlement.
One person who was not impressed with Khabib's actions was his father, Abdulmanap.
Abdulmanap is obviously the man who keeps his son on the straight and narrow, and must have been the one to help Khabib keep a cool head when McGregor was insulting him and his religion in the pre-fight media conferences.
But Khabib has now admitted he went against their pre-fight plan to curb the McGregor antics, and that is why he tried to 'smash him' - and how he tried to talk his way out of it.
In a question and answer session in Melbourne, Khabib said, per MMAMania: “I lost control a little bit. We talk with father before the fight, [and he said] ‘We have to be relaxed, don’t listen to him. Just do your thing.’
And when my father tried to smash me [after the brawl], I told him, ‘Hey, we didn’t talk about after the fight. We only talked about before the fight, so what are we gonna do?’
“But it is what is, it’s what’s happened.”
So it appears that Abdulmanap wanted Khabib to not get drawn into the mind games before, during and after the whole fight, but he eventually did lose his head.
If the rematch ever does happen you can bet Conor will be the same loud-mouth that he always is, but whether or not Khabib chooses to keep the same approach from before the first fight remains to be seen.News Now - Sport News