Khabib Nurmagomedov silenced his critics last week after he defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 229 to retain his UFC Lightweight Championship.
Despite a controversial ending to the event, which saw the Eagle climb over the cage to attack the Irishman’s team, the Russian fighter ultimately walked away with bragging rights from his heated rivalry with the Notorious.
Even Khabib’s dad, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, was not impressed with what he saw his son do in the aftermath, saying that the outside of the octagon is the “border of civilians where there are children, women and strangers.”
Abdulmanap is not the only one to have a few words on the matter. In fact, the father and son met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Ulyanovsk, Russia, who weighed in his thoughts on the whole incident.
“I will ask your father not to punish you too strictly because you achieved the main task, worthily and convincingly,” Putin told the duo (via RT).
The Russian President wasn’t done there, though.
“If we are attacked from the outside, not only you, we could all jump in such a way… there could be hell to pay,” he added (via RT).
“But it’s better not to reach that stage.”
Nurmagomedov, who issued an apology for his actions in a post-match press conference, defeated McGregor in the fourth round and extended his unbeaten record to 27 wins.
According to UFC president Dana White, McGregor has since called him and asked for a rematch with Khabib.
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