Khabib Nurmagomedov casually threatens UFC boss Dana White
The UFC is probably the only place on Earth where you can publicly threaten your boss and get away with it.
Exhibit A: Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Dagestani superstar’s brazen fly-kick to set off a chaotic brawl at UFC 229 had T-Mobile Arena and UFC boss Dana White up in arms.
“If I put this belt on you, everybody is going to throw s–t into the Octagon,” White warned Nurmagomedov after the chaos died down.
White later said Nurmagomedov would be keeping his lightweight championship title after there were calls for him to be stripped of his honor.
It looked to be a good move from the 49-year-old, for his own sake.
In an Instagram post walking the line between joking and downright menacing, Nurmagomedov sat on the hood of White’s black BMW with the belt around his waist and iconic headpiece in tow.
“@danawhite you lucky that you give my belt, or I would smash your car, I know your parking location,” he said.
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Nurmagomedov goes unnoticed
After publicly embarrassing Conor McGregor, defending his UFC belt and sparking a wild brawl that rocked the sport, it’s safe to say Nurmagomedov was one of the biggest names in the sporting world this weekend.
Try telling that to the people at the Las Vegas airport.
Barely 24 hours after having his face plastered across newspapers, the 30-year-old Russian, wearing his signature hoodie and a UFC backpack, walked through the airport unbothered by fans before boarding his flight back home.
ESPN journalist Arash Markazi appeared to be the only one who stopped Nurmagomedov, who was until then left untouched by media.
“No one bothered him,” Markazi said. “Nurmagomedov was less than 24 hours removed from winning arguably the biggest fight in UFC history, but he walked through the airport unnoticed despite an outfit that screamed, ‘Hey, I’m a UFC fighter!’
“He almost seemed surprised when someone asked for his picture near his gate before he returned to being an inconspicuous traveler waiting for his flight to board.”
McGregor’s fourth-round defeat booted him down the line for another crack at the lightweight crown, and the former two-division champion’s pound-for-pound UFC ranking also took a nosedive.
After being submitted by Nurmagomedov, the Irishman dropped six spots in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, slotting in behind former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings
- Daniel Cormier
- Khabib Nurmagomedov
- TJ Dillashaw
- Max Holloway
- Georges St-Pierre
- Tyron Woodley
- Demetrious Johnson
- Conor McGregor
- Stipe Miocic
- Henry Cejudo
- Cris Cyborg
- Robert Whittaker
- Tony Ferguson
- Amanda Nunes
- Rose Namajunas