Reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t appear to be sorry for his controversial actions at UFC 229.
In case you missed it, ‘The Eagle’ hopped the cage after his fourth-round submission win over Conor McGregor and got into a scrap with McGregor teammate Dillon Danis. Khabib’s actions triggered an all-out brawl inside the Octagon, similar to that of the Strikeforce Nashville skirmish in 2010.
Speaking to Russia Today in his first interview since the UFC 229 post-fight press conference, Khabib continued his war of words with ‘The Notorious’ and told reporters that you ‘can’t confine an eagle to a cage.’
“I prayed to God for one thing, to be left alone in the cage with this clown. I asked him this every day,” Nurmagomedov said, deadly serious.
“I prayed that we would have no injuries, that we would make weight, and regain our strength, and finally be locked in that cage. Because a lot was said outside that cage, and I said that once that octagon door is shut, I am not responsible for my actions.”
The undefeated Dagestani went on to claim that the will of the Russian people is stronger than that of the Irish and showed no hints of an apology for his controversial post-fight antics.
“The first thing I wanted to show him, is the difference between our people, and his people. We know our history, our ancestors, and what our people have been through. Nothing can break us,” Nurmagomedov said.
“And with what happened afterwards, some people say I did the wrong thing, others that I did the right thing,” he continued. “You can’t confine an eagle to a cage. And I showed them that.”
Khabib’s $2 million salary has been withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the 30-year-old is expected to receive a hefty fine. Former two-division champ Conor McGregor has called for an immediate rematch despite being outclassed for the majority of the contest.