“The Eagle” may have landed as one of the top contenders in the UFC’s lightweight division, but there was a time not too long ago where the Dagestani wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov was habitually injured.
Who are we kidding, he probably still is injured, he’s just not pulling out of as many fights.
While letting his knee heal up after an injury in training, Nurmagomedov showed up at WSOF 22 back on August 1st of 2015 for a night of fights but didn’t expect that he’d end up having to throw hands before the end of the evening. UFC lightweight star Nate Diaz and his brother, fellow UFC fighter Nick, were in attendance to support their teammate Jake Shields in his fight against Rousimar Palhares.
The Diaz brothers ended up brawling with Khabib Nurmagomedov and his brother Abubakar after attempting to goad the injured athlete into a fight.
“You know, fights happen between men,” Nurmagomedov said to MMAJunkie at the time. “It’s OK. It’s normal. Sometimes it happens. But you know what? I’m a professional fighter. I’m a UFC fighter. I’m here at a very big show in Las Vegas. Lot of people here. Lot of women here. Lot of kids here.
“And I can’t fight. I can’t fight. And these guys are beginning to go like crazy with me. But I said, ‘Khabib, you need to stay (calm).’”
The Diaz brothers eventually got what they wanted, and a brawl broke out which saw Nate apparently slapping Nurmagomedov in the face, the two groups fighting each other in the stands and later on in a hallway.
“When he began the second time, I went crazy too,” he said. ”…I have to protect myself.”
“F*ck Khabib, he’s a b*tch. He got slapped, BLAM! Pumping that slap, BLAM!” said Diaz in a video later uploaded to social media. The video then showed Nick Diaz throwing a cup full of liquid over the Dagestanis, before Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz attempted to separate the two parties.
The brawl would continue out in a hallway, where you can see chairs and furniture being thrown while onlookers scream in distress.
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