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Putin meets Nurmagomedov, hails his win over McGregor

Vladimir Putin Khabib Nurmagomedov and his father Vladimir Putin Khabib Nurmagomedov and his father
Cary Erickson | 11 October, 2018, 13:59

Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin has asked Khabib Nurmagomedov's father "not to punish him too severely" for his part in a brawl which followed his defeat of Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.

Nurmagomedov, who issued an apology for his actions in a post-match press conference, defeated McGregor in the fourth round and extended his unbeaten record to 27 wins.

Bellator fighter Dillon Danis, one of Conor McGregor's training partners and jiu-jitsu coaches, posted tonight on his Instagram Story that Khabib Nurmagomedov's fans are "attempting to smear me in an effort to justify his actions".

Despite the controversy, he has received a hero's welcome in Russian Federation and blasted his opponent as a "dimwit".

But Putin, who shared tea and other baked goods with Khabib and Abdulmanap, said in response to the "sanctions" awaiting the 30-year-old fighter: "I will ask your father not to punish you too strictly, because you achieved the main task, worthily and convincingly".

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"McGregor is a tough competitor but McGregor's opponent jumped out of the ring and was fighting people in the crowd so, very unprofessional".

UFC President Dana White said earlier this week the fight card did "way more than 2 million" pay-per-view buys, which set a new high-water mark for the company.

Putin told him that a Russian must restrain himself while at home in his own country, which he called "a big family, but when attacked from the outside, may respond appropriately".

However, President Putin said he would ask Abdulmanap to go easy on Khabib.

"But if they attack us from the outside, of course, not just you - all of us can jump in such a way, they won't know what hit them", said Putin, nevertheless cautioning Nurmagomedov that "it's better not to take things so far".