Vladimir Putin congratulates Khabib on his victory
Khabib Nurmagomedov had already received a congratulatory phone call from Vladimir Putin. Now the UFC lightweight champion has met face to face with the Russian president over tea and sandwiches.
Nurmagomedov and Putin reportedly met Wednesday in the city of Ulyanovsk at the “Russia – Country of Sports” forum. Nurmagomedov’s father and trainer, Abdulmanap, also attended.
Meeting with Putin continues a whirlwind celebration tour for Nurmagomedov, who successfully defended his title by submitting Conor McGregor on Saturday at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. On Monday, Khabib received a hero’s welcome from thousands of adoring fans upon his arrival to his home country.
Nurmagomedov’s victory was marred by the post-fight carnage he incited when he jumped over the octagon fence and attacked McGregor’s cornerman, Dillon Danis. For that, Abdulmanap has promised his son would experience severe consequences.
“I know my father gonna smash me when I go home because … I know he gonna smash me,” Khabib said. Putin, though, said he would ask for leniency.
“I will ask your father not to punish you too strictly, because you achieved the main task, worthily and convincingly,” Putin said, via RT.com.
Meanwhile, McGregor has been suspended for medical reasons.