BARELY an hour after submitting Conor McGregor and sparking the wildest post-fight UFC brawl ever seen, Khabib Nurmagomedov made an interesting claim.
He said he’d already been on the phone to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who reportedly congratulated him immediately after he gave the promotion an international black eye.
The pair have now met face-to-face for the first time since the weekend’s madness in an interview on Russian TV.
Throwing out the signature hoodie, a suited-up Khabib sat with his father and was showered with praise by his President for his “worthy and convincing” triumph over the Irishman.
The 66-year-old politician sympathised with Khabib’s explosive reaction after claiming victory, which saw him launch a fly kick at McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis.
“Anyone could have jumped (from the Octagon) in the same way,” Putin said of Khabib’s brain snap.
“If we are attacked from the outside, not only you, we could all jump in such a way … there could be hell to pay. But it’s better not to reach that stage.”
Khabib’s meeting with Putin followed his glorious homecoming, which saw over 10,000 people swarm a football stadium to watch him give a speech after landing in Russia.
It came a day after the lightweight champion walked almost unnoticed through Las Vegas airport on his way to board his flight.
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