Khabib Nurmagomedov: Conor McGregor should be arrested for pub punch

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes rival Conor McGregor should be in jail for punching an elderly man in an Irish pub.

Video surfaced this week of McGregor punching a man in an Irish pub, allegedly after the man refused a free pour of Proper No. 12 Irish whiskey. The whiskey is McGregor’s personal brand that has lit up the spirits industry.

Nurmagomedov’s issues with McGregor go way back before any of this happened, although the incident in question happened in April of this year. The two have long been at odds and it all boiled over when McGregor attacked a bus full of fighters, including Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. Nurmagomedov then climbed out of the Octagon after soundly defeating McGregor at UFC 229 in October of 2018 to fight with the Irishman’s cornerman in the crowd.

For this latest incident, coupled with McGregor’s past, Nurmagomedov was incredulous that Irish officials had not arrested McGregor and that U.S. officials hadn’t revoked his visa into the country.

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While McGregor is currently on the sidelines, Nurmagomedov is slated to unify his UFC lightweight championship with the interim belt held by Dustin Poirier. Nurmagomedov and Poirier will headline UFC 242, the fight promotion’s Sept. 7 return to Abu Dhabi.

UFC president Dana White hasn’t indicated that any action is forthcoming from the UFC for McGregor’s latest out-of-the-cage actions, instead saying that his return to the Octagon depends on what happens when Nurmagomedov fights Poirier in September. McGregor is currently expected to fight either late this year or early 2020.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov buries Conor McGregor for punching man in pub

On Thursday, video surfaced of former two-division UFC champ Conor McGregor allegedly punching an older man at a bar in Ireland. TMZ reported that this incident occurred when the man refused a sample of McGregor’s popular Proper No. Twelve whiskey. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the reigning UFC lightweight champ and McGregor fiercest rival, was not impressed by what he saw in this video.

“It’s crazy,” Nurmagomedov told TMZ Sports (transcript via MMA Mania). “All media stayed quiet. Nobody posted about this. I can’t imagine if I punched this guy how many media are gonna post it and talk about me. This is like really, really bad thing. Like, even if this old guy on video punch your face 10 times, you can’t punch this guy’s face. You can’t. This is like impossible. We have to respect all people. I don’t understand.

Khabib Nurmagomedov continued, sharing his belief that the Irish government — and even the United States government — should take heavy-handed action and discipline Conor McGregor.

“I think these people have to go jail, bro,” he said. “They have to go jail. This happened in Ireland? What happened about Ireland government? We guys from Russia have problem with visa, but why this bullsh*t guy don’t have problem with visa in U.S.A? How U.S.A. can give him visa or something like this, respect or job? These people, they have to go jail.”

Suffice it to say that this incident curdled Nurmagomedov’s opinions on McGregor even further.

“I told you guy, this guy have no class, no respect,” Khabib said. “This is very bad for sport. Somethings he’s done are good for sport but right now, he without his mind. He lose his mind. It’s crazy and government has to smash him, this is my opinion.

“I’m really, really mad about this video. I don’t understand how you can punch old man. How you can punch him. Even if he punch your face 10 times, 20 times. This is big, big disrespect, not only for this old guy, this is big disrespect for all people. . .

“100 percent [they should arrest him]. Today he punches old guy, what’s gonna happen tomorrow? Nobody knows.”

What do you think of these comments from Khabib Nurmagomedov?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/15/2019.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: Conor McGregor should go to jail for alleged bar attack

As expected, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is not happy with Conor McGregor’s latest potential legal woes.

Thursday, a video surfaced that appeared to show McGregor, a former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion, sucker punching a man at a bar, after he apparently refused a drink of McGregor’s Proper Twelve brand of whiskey.

The alleged incident took place in early April, Dublin police confirmed. After the man who appears to be McGregor walked into a bar and poured a few shots of his whiskey, a man seated at the bar pushed the glass away, which ultimately led to a sucker punch before McGregor was pulled away. The security camera video is silent.

Nurmagomedov is appalled at how the video has only surfaced now, after it supposedly happened over four months ago.

“I can imagine if I punch this guy, how many media are going to post it and talk about this bad, like about me bad,” Nurmagomedov told TMZ. “It’s like a really really bad thing, you know? Even if old guy like this guy in video, even if this guy punch your face 10 times, you can’t punch this guy’s face. You can’t. This is like impossible, you know? We have to respect old people.”

Dublin police confirmed to MMA Junkie on Thursday that the incident was being investigated, but McGregor was not named in the statement. But Nurmagomedov thinks McGregor should end up behind bars.

“Some fans sent me a message (and) said, ‘Hey, you remember when he tried to give you his whiskey, like alcohol, and you didn’t take it? But why he don’t punch you now he go crazy with old people? I don’t understand this. I think like this, people have to go to jail.

“They have to go jail like we have problem with visa, why like this (expletive) guy don’t have problems with visa in the U.S.A.? How (can the) U.S.A. give him a visa, or something like this?”

It’s no secret that Nurmagomedov and McGregor don’t like each other. After Nurmagomedov defended his title at UFC 229 by tapping McGregor out in the fourth round, a post-fight brawl ensued.

This chapter may not be closed after all.

“I told you guys, this guy has no class, no respect, this is very bad for sport,” Nurmagomedov said. “Some things he’s doing (are) good for sport, but right now he’s without his mind. He lose his mind. (The) government has to smash him.

“Ireland government, where are you guys? Send him location. Send him location, and that’s it.”

For now, though, “The Eagle” will have to focus on his upcoming fight vs. interim champ Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 when he attempts to unify the lightweight titles in September.

UFC 242 Abu Dhabi Showdown Week to feature fan experience, concerts, and much more

UFC 242 is less than a month away and the promotion is bringing the heat on fight week.

From Aug. 25 all the way to Sept. 7’s fight night, Abu Dhabi will play host to an array of events from parties, the Amateur Fights Championship, fitness expos to a headlining concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Abu Dhabi Showdown Week will also feature the UFC 242 open workouts, which are free to the public on Sept. 4, followed by the fan experience set to take place at The Arena in Yas Island on Sept. 6. Later that night are the weigh-ins, where fighters taking part in UFC 242 are scheduled to face-off.

Finally, the week will be capped off by UFC 242, which is headlined by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who takes on interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. The co-main event of the night pits two top-ranked lightweights, Edson Barboza and Paul Felder who will square off in a rematch of their bloody battle which took place over four years ago at UFC on Fox 16.

The big week scheduled for Abu Dhabi comes following the announcement of the UFC’s five-year partnership with Abu Dhabi, which will bring an annual pay-per-view event and championship fight to the country.

This will mark the UFC’s third trip to Abu Dhabi. The first was UFC 112, which featured a championship doubleheader. Then-middleweight champion Anderson Silva defended his title with a unanimous-decision win over Demian Maia, and Frankie Edgar captured the UFC lightweight title when he defeated BJ Penn via unanimous decision.

Four years later, the UFC returned for UFC Fight Night 39, when Roy Nelson knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the first round. This year, they’re bringing an action packed week of events and big night of fights.

Check out the full event list schedule here.

Santiago Ponzinibbio willing to move to lightweight to ‘finish’ Khabib Nurmagomedov

Some of the most respected UFC lightweights have failed to put an end to the unbeaten streak of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Could the welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio be the man for the job? According to him, yes he is.

The number 9 ranked 170-pound fighter is open to moving to the lightweight division to take on the undefeated champion Nurmagomedov. During an interview at UFC Uruguay, he dished on this dream fight to MMA Fighting.

“Khabib man, he’s 27-0 man. I can finish this guy, I know. The first guy to beat this guy, is an exciting opportunity too.”

When asked if Khabib might move up a weight class, Santiago responded, “Maybe, why not. He’s a big guy for 155.”

“I can do. For good opportunity, I can do that…For good opportunity, of course, I do 155,” he added when asked about moving down to lightweight for the fight.

Ponzinibbio’s last fight was a win over Neil Magny at UFC Argentina in 2018. He has been out of action since, recovering from a bacterial infection, but is hoping to return to the Octagon this year stronger than ever. He is looking for a matchup against a top-five ranked opponent or a challenging opportunity such as “The Eagle.”

Nurmagomedov is currently busy preparing for his next opponent, Dustin Poirier. They will be going head to head in the main event of UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Would you like to see Santiago Ponzinibbio take on Khabib Nurmagomedov? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kenny Florian talks mistake opponents make against Khabib Nurmagomedov

Kenny Florian doesn’t think he has all the answers, but he still feels many lightweights have repeated a mistake against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov has been flawless in his professional mixed martial arts career. The UFC lightweight champion holds a perfect 27-0 record. He’s beaten the likes of Conor McGregor, Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, Al Iaquinta, and more. “The Eagle” is set for a title unification bout against interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Sept. 7.

Florian recently spoke to Shane Fazen and Marcus Kowal for fightTIPS. During the sitdown, Florian discussed a flaw in the game planning of Nurmagomedov’s fallen foes.

“Against Khabib, I think everyone goes, ‘well this is what I’m gonna do. We gotta work on our wrestling for this fight.’ It’s not gonna work,” Florian said. “He’s been wrestling for way too long. Same thing against someone like [Ben] Askren. You can work on your wrestling for as much as you want, they have too many years under their belt. They’re always going to beat you at wrestling. It’s just gonna be too tough.”

“KenFlo” went on to give his take on what may give Nurmagomedov issues.

“I think yeah, don’t ignore your wrestling, but I think one way to counteract Khabib is trying to utilize jiu-jitsu to create scrambles to get back to your feet,” Florian explained. “And again, I might be a little biased as a jiu-jitsu guy, but I think taking that approach of really trying to counter the wrestling with some jiu-jitsu, at least threaten it to get him to disconnect from you or create scrambles to get back to your feet, I think is a decent approach.”

While Florian thinks it’s far easier said than done, he believes keeping Khabib Nurmagomedov on the feet while digging at the body is also key.

“And of course just keeping the fight on the feet as long as possible,” Florian continued. “Attacking the body to try to slow him down. He’s very well-known for his conditioning and I think beating up the body is a great way to try to slow down someone like that. Even guys who are in unbelievable shape, you beat up the body they’re gonna get slowed down. And there’s a lot to it, but I think trying to beat a wrestler with wrestling, a wrestler of that caliber, is maybe not the best approach against someone like Khabib.”

Do you think UFC lightweights should take some notes from Kenny Florian on how to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/5/2019.

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UFC 242 poster released; Belal Muhammad makes his own version featuring a young Paul Felder

One of the most anticipated fights on the UFC’s upcoming schedule is the lightweight battle between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242.

UFC 242 will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 at The Arena in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The main card will stream live on pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN+.

Wednesday, the promotion released the official UFC 242 poster which features a stare-down between Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) and Poirier (25-5-1 MMA, 17-4-1 UFC).

Check out the poster below, highlighting the 155-pound clash:

Also on the card, lightweight contenders Edson Barboza (20-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) and Paul Felder (16-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) collide in a rematch of their July 2015 bout. In the first outing, Barboza bested the relatively green short-notice replacement Felder via unanimous decision.

UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad, who will compete against Takashi Sato on the card, decided the UFC 242 poster was not up to his standard. Wednesday, Muhammad took to Twitter after he drafted his own version of the poster.

The makeshift design featured Muhammad, as well as a headshot of his Roufusport teammate Felder from his acting days.

Additional fights on UFC 242 include Curtis Blaydes (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Islam Makhachev (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) vs. Davi Ramos (10-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), and Mairbek Taisumov (28-5 MMA, 7-1 UFC) vs. Diego Ferreira (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC).