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Will Khabib Quit the UFC after McGregor Brawl?

Khabib Nurmagomedov flexing at the UFC 148 weigh-ins.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit the UFC if Dana White "fires" one of his teammates, and now bettors can wager on him following through. Photo by Sports Channel (YouTube) [CC License].
  • The UFC has cancelled the upcoming fight between Zubaira Tukhugov and Artem Lobov.
  • Tukhugov, a teammate of Khabib Nurmagomedov, allegedly took part in the brawls that followed UFC 229. 
  • Nurmagomedov is threatening to quit the UFC if Dana White “fires” Tukhugov.

Unfortunately for the UFC, the biggest headlines arising from Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor at UFC 229 centered on the post-fight brawls, captured on video by professional cameramen and amateurs alike …

Sanctions, suspensions, and repercussions of all manner are sure to follow. One of the first moves by UFC president Dana White was to cancel the upcoming fight between Zubaira Tukhugov and Artem Lobov, scheduled for UFC Fight Night 138 on Oct. 27th.

The cancellation is largely viewed as a punishment for Tukhugov, one of Khabib’s teammates, who can be seen hopping into the ring and throwing punches at McGregor.

That decision infuriated Khabib and he has threatened to quit if the UFC “fires” Tukhugov, posting the following on Instagram …


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I would like to address @ufc Why didn’t you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family? Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video. if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself. And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers

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As usual, online betting sites are getting in on the biggest news of the day. Some sportsbooks have posted a prop bet on Khabib quitting the UFC in 2018, with the stipulation that he must quit via Instagram or Twitter.

Will Khabib Nurmagomedov quit the UFC in 2018? Odds
NO -1000
YES +500

Dana White hasn’t commented on Tukhugov, individually, but has said that the people who hopped into the ring after Khabib/McGregor will never fight in the UFC again. That clearly includes Tukhugov, and the UFC’s decision to cancel his fight with Lobov is consistent with White’s statements.

Brotherhood, nationality, and straight-up pride have always been the major driving forces in Nurmagomedov’s life. If the UFC doesn’t show any signs of budging on Tukhugov, there is a legitimate possibility that he gives up his belt and quits the promotion.

Keep an eye on White in the coming days. If he seems to be doubling-down on his post-fight threats, there could be value on the YES side of this bet, especially since Khabib only has to quit via social media. That’s the type of “quitting” you can always take back.


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