During a recent Q&A session in Melbourne, Australia, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov admitted to “losing control” and his role in the brawl following the main event of UFC 229.
“I lost control a little bit,” he said. “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.”
“I enjoyed this, when I punched his face. This is a very good feeling, believe me, when someone talks sh-t all the time,” Khabib said of his performance against McGregor in October of last year.
“Every time I punched his face, I enjoyed. I asked him, ‘Hey, let’s talk.’ But at the end of the second or third round, he said ‘This is just business.’ He tried to make me relax.”
“This is not sparring session. We’re gonna keep going, you know,” he continued. “Maybe he don’t understand my English, I think.
Nurmagomedov also has accepted his fate if the Nevada State Athletic Commission hands down a lengthy suspension for the brawl that lead to a few arrests and the withholding of his fight purse.
“I have a court (date) for January 29th, and we’ll see,” Khabib said in another interview. “Maybe they’re gonna give me nine months or one-year disqualification. And if I don’t fight all year, I don’t know what’s gonna happen, who’s gonna be my next opponent.”
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