ABU DHABI – When the main event ended at UFC 280, the fights weren’t over.
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.”
Abubaker Nurmagomedov sends a message to khamzat chimaev after his comments about khabib
(translated from Russian) pic.twitter.com/1NV2BQm8oV
— Pablo_Escobar (@JM97_79) May 14, 2021
Neither Chimaev nor Nurmagomedov (who competed and won earlier on the card against Gadzhi Omargadzhiev) commented on the altercation at the time of publication.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) October 22, 2022
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