Following the UFC 229 post-fight brawl, a “sad” and “disgusted” Dana White promised to release the goons who jumped former lightweight champion Conor McGregor, despite the fact “Notorious” had a hand (literally) in drawing their fire.
That includes featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov, who was previously scheduled to collide with Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event later this month inside Moncton Events Centre in New Brunswick, Canada (more on that fight card here).
Sure, cutting Tukhugov would also rid UFC of Khabib Nurmagomedov (says “The Eagle”), who clowned Lobov earlier this year and sparked the now-infamous Brooklyn bus attack (watch it), but the “Russian Hammer” wants “Warrior” to pay for his transgressions.
Dana dont let Tukhugov escape his punishment, put him back in! @danawhite— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) October 11, 2018
Lobov (13-14-1, 1 NC) is just 2-4 under the UFC banner but likely gets special consideration because of his affiliation with McGregor, who just so happens to hold the record for the top three highest-grossing pay-per-view (PPV) events of all time.
And since McGregor can get away with pretty much anything he wants, Lobov has remained safely tucked under his wing. That is just one of many reasons why Nurmagomedov is threatening to quit the promotion (more on that here).
As of now, Tukhugov, who was previously suspended by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), is still listed on UFC.com and the bout order remains unchanged. Expect an announcement — one way or the other — in the coming days.