At the conclusion of UFC 280, there were a lot of storylines to unpack, but few expected one of those stories to involve Chimaev in yet another outside-the-cage altercation, shoving and throwing hands at UFC welterweight Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who fought and won earlier on in the event. It even seemed like Khabib himself was preparing to jump the cage once more, despite being there for his teammate and close friend Islam Makhachev‘s title-winning post-fight speech.
Khamzat Chimaev Squashes Beef With Team Khabib
It is still not entirely clear what the reason was behind this altercation between Khamzat Chimaev and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, cageside at UFC 280. Yet whatever the root cause was, it seems that they have been able to settle their differences and put their beef to bed.
Photos began to circulate around MMA Reddit in the hours following the incident, showing Chimaev enjoying a meal with Team Khabib and taking pictures together, seemingly signifying that they worked out their issues. These photos were reposted to Twitter by Chamatkar Sandhu, with all members involved appearing to be having a good time, contrary to the last time they shared a room.
Shortly after, a video was posted with Khabib addressing the situation with Chimaev. Here he makes it clear that there is no bad blood between them.
“What happened yesterday does not show us well. Neither me, nor Khamzat, nor Abubakar,” Khabib said. “To tell the truth we are tired of this nonsense! Here we are gathered as brothers, we have talked to each other and we apologized to each other, hugged, and inshallah. I hope that in the future we will only gather and fight for good reasons.”
Khabib ended the video by saying he hopes to celebrate with Khamzat Chimaev when he wins a title in the future. While there are still remaining questions related to what caused things to spiral out of control, or what lead to things calming down again, it is good to see that these major members of the Russian MMA scene have been able to work out their issues.
There has been some rumored tension in the past, between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Khamzat Chimaev, but all things considered, it appears that the Eagle and the Wolf have respect for one another, and do not actually want to have drama.
Are you happy to see Khamzat Chimaev and Team Khabib patch things up?