UFC 280 video: Khamzat Chimaev, Abubakar Nurmagomedov separated after physical altercation


ABU DHABI – When the main event ended at UFC 280, the fights weren’t over.

UFC welterweight contender Khamzat Chimaev and middleweight Abubakar Nurmagomedov were separated during Islam Makhachev’s in-cage interview at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

A video captured by MMA Junkie’s Farah Hannoun shows an army of UFC and venue security restraining an irate Chimaev, who is yelling at an off-camera Nurmagomedov.

While the spark of this specific altercation is not yet clear, Nurmagomedov posted a lengthy message directed at Chimaev in a since-deleted Instagram post in 2021 (h/t RT Sport).

Nurmagomedov took exception to comments made by Chimaev about his cousin Khabib Nurmagomedov, and warned him to “be careful.”

Neither Chimaev nor Nurmagomedov (who competed and won earlier on the card against Gadzhi Omargadzhiev) commented on the altercation at the time of publication.

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