MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin met mixed martial arts champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday, saying that he did not deserve harsh punishment for a recent post-fight brawl. Nurmagomedov faces a possible suspension over the post-fight fracas and has not received his prize money, though he will keep his title. Putin gave the fighter a mild lecture over his behaviour, but stressed that any Russian will respond forcefully to an attack from the outside. Nurmagomedov expressed no remorse, telling Putin he responded to “disrespect” and “provocations” from his opponent and that he hoped to be vindicated. “In a family anything can happen, (but) we never allow ourselves to go beyond certain limits,” Putin said.
Source: Manila Times October 11, 2018 16:30 UTC