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Khabib Nurmagomedov has shed significant light on his post-fight brawl with Conor McGregor’s teammates, most notably Dillon Danis. He dispelled rumors that he went after Danis due to hearing what Danis was shouting. Via BloodyElbow.com:
“No, I didn’t hear him, you know,” Nurmagomedov assured in a video published by Submission Radio. “I didn’t hear him, it was too loud.”
Why then, did he fly off the raised dais like a literal eagle? Because Danis was the only corner who could fight him.
“I jumped on him because other corner is too old; because Conor’s other corner, other coaches, too old, and that’s why I jumped on him,” said Nurmagomedov (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “Because he’s almost like my age.”
After all, “If I jumped on [coach John] Kavanagh, I don’t think it’s too — cause Kavanagh can’t fight me. That’s why I jumped on [Danis].”
He would have preferred to fight the whole team, if they had been up for it.
“I don’t like his whole team. I have choice what I’m gonna do, but all other old coaches were too old for me. They cannot fight with me,” he reiterated. “They’re almost like my father’s age.”
As for the fight itself, he explained why it felt so good to make his Irish opponent give up.
“I’m looking for punishment, first of all,” the Dagestan fighter said of the sanctioned fight with McGregor. “I wanted to make him tired. It’s very good when he tapped. It meant a lot for me [when he] tapped.”
If he had finished McGregor after knocking him down in the second round, Khabib thinks the victory would have been less impressive. While there is talk of an immediate rematch, Khabib doesn’t think McGregor wants that.
“‘Please,’ he asked me, ‘Finish.’ This is much better than knockout,” Nurmagomedov insisted. “If I knocked him out in the second round, you go down, but people gonna talk about, ‘Oh, it’s luck,’ you know. But what about if you smash him all four rounds and he taps? It’s finished there. No more. I don’t think he ever wants to compete with me. Because he felt everything. He feel my mental, he felt my control, my striking and all that, and he tapped too.”
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