Khabib Nurmagomedov remained as stylish as ever as he congratulated Hakeem Dawodu after defeating his teammate Zubaira Tukhugov.
The Russian was within the nook of his American Kickboxing Academy teammate, however might solely watch as Dawodu claimed an necessary victory on Struggle Island.
Each males got here to struggle in Abu Dhabi, but Tukhugov appeared to expire of steam as Dawodu chased him across the octagon and clinched victory by edging the ultimate two rounds.
Though he apologised while celebrating his slim win throughout his post-fight interview, the Canadian could possibly be heard screaming at his opponent to ‘cease operating’ and to ‘f****** struggle’.
He instructed Jon Anik: “I simply have to cease these guys from operating from me, he mentioned Jon Anik after the struggle. So perhaps I acquired to sit down again and work on my counter putting as a result of they simply run.
“It’s irritating as a result of I’m a KO fighter in the event you have a look at my file.
“I simply haven’t been capable of catch as many individuals as I’ve currently, however I put the complete blame on myself, I’m going to return to my fitness center and I’m going to work on catching these guys and forestall them from operating.”
After Bruce Buffer learn out the outcome, Khabib stepped into the octagon and congratulated the featherweight contender, who bowed gracefully to indicate the profanities had been purely warmth of the second.
And the light-weight champion, who celebrated his 32nd birthday final Saturday, was then seen consoling Tukhugov because the pair left the octagon.
Nurmagomedov shall be again in motion on Struggle Island to defend his 155lbs belt towards Justin Gaethje on Ocotber 24.