Before last night’s fight against Khabib Nurmagedov, Conor McGregor took a personal shot at Khabib’s training partner Zubaira Tukhugov, who was scheduled to fight McGregor’s friend Artem Lobov later this month.
In his Instagram post calling out Tukhugov, Conor used the troubled history between Dagestan (Khabib’s hometown) and Chechnya
(Zubaira’s hometown) for his trash talk.
Tukhugov spoke with MMA Fighting last week and said he wanted fight McGregor “outside of the cage” for crossing the line with his trash talk.
“If you are a man – if you’re a Chechen man, American man, Ireland man – you tell him [to his face], ‘No put Instagram. No message.’
“10,000 kilometers, in Ireland or America, put up Instagram, message, shit? This is no problem. After fight with Lobov, okay, tell me to my face.
“I want to fight outside. No cage, outside, after Lobov. I tell him. And after my fight, I show him.”
During last night’s wild UFC 229 post-fight brawl, Tukhugov was one of three men who jumped in the cage to confront Conor McGregor.
An alternate view of the brawl shows McGregor throwing a punch at one of Khabib’s cornermen immediately after Nurmagedov jumped outside of the cage.
Tukhugov later went on social media to brag about slapping McGregor for his trash talk according to a translation from MMA journalist Karim Zidan.
I slapped him as promised. I promised to make him answer for his words and I did.”
It appears that Tukhugov’s UFC days are over because of his actions during the brawl.