Khabib's cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov says what happened before McGregor punch
"This Irish bastard hit me" - Abubakar has also offered an excuse as to why he came off the worse after attacking Conor McGregor following the UFC 229
The video in which Khabib's cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov showed off the wounds he suffered at the hands of Conor McGregor after attacking him following the UFC 229 main event has now been translated.
It turns out he has offered a pretty feeble excuse for why he came off the worse in the altercation with McGregor, claiming that the reason he was was bested by the Irish fighter was that he was holding his 'papakha' headpiece in his left hand.
The younger Nurmagomedov, who is also an MMA fighter, explained how the incident came about and according to his version of events it was McGregor who threw the first punch and he then retaliated.
Watch the video here:
“In short, I climbed onto the cage. This Irish bastard hit me. But I didn’t hold back either. Bam, boom! – I gave [him] two,” Abubakar, says in the video his native language. Adding: "The papakha prevented [me], there was a papakha in my left hand.”
McGregor, Nurmagomedov and three of his team were escorted away by security guards and police officers following the incident, although no prosecution is likely to happen as McGregor has declined to press charges.
Whilst the McGregor confrontation was going on, Nurmagomedov threw himself into the crowd to make a break for Dillon Danis who was "talking shit" to him.
Following the incident, UFC president Dana White has said that Nurmagomedov could be stripped of his belt while those who attacked McGregor will not fight in the UFC again.