It was a bizarre and chaotic scene at the end of the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas last October.
Nurmagomedov had just beaten McGregor as the final seconds of the fourth round ticked down. The Russian went back to his corner to celebrate, but along the way he started jawing with members of McGregor’s team.
The next thing you know, Nurmagomedov jumped over the wall of the octagon and went after one of McGregor’s cornermen, Dillon Danis.
This week, in an interview with by Australia’s “Submission Radio,” Nurmagomedov explained why he went after Dillon.
He said it wasn’t anything Dillon said during or after the fight. Rather, it stemmed from a longer-term feud, he said.
And Nurmagomedov said the reason he went after Dillon particularly was that the other guys in McGregor’s corner were too old.
“No, I didn’t hear him, you know,” Nurmagomedov said. “I jumped on him because other corner is too old — because Conor’s other corner, other coaches, too old, and that’s why I jumped on him, because he’s almost like my age.
“If I jumped on (coach John) Kavanagh, I don’t think it’s too — cause Kavanagh can’t fight me. That’s why I jumped on him. But when I fight, I didn’t hear him, it was too loud.
“But I don’t like his whole team. I have choice what I’m gonna do, but all other old coaches were too old for me. They cannot fight with me. They’re almost like my father’s age. That’s why I jump on him.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov says he jumped Dillon Danis at UFC 229 because of his age https://t.co/9uL9swrKvb
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) January 24, 2019
Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) currently holds the UFC lightweight title.
McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC), the former lightweight champion, is the second-ranked contender.
Friends, happy to announce that we finalizing the interpretation of my autobiography “KHABIBTIME” in English.
The release of English version is expected in March 2019.
Thanks for your interest and patience.
I’m sure you will enjoy it. pic.twitter.com/1RS7NIndaH
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 23, 2019
Nurmagomedov is set to meet with the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday to determine whether he will be sanctioned for the postfight melee, MMA Fighting reported.
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