The aftermath of UFC 229 saw Khabib Nurmagomedov receiving a life-changing phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin. UFC president Dana White revealed that Putin gifted Nurmagomedov and his father $20 million worth of property in Russia following his victory over Conor McGregor. This generous gesture from Putin helped to offset the $500,000 fine that Nurmagomedov received for his post-fight brawl. Nurmagomedov, who retired as champion after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, has remained steadfast in his decision despite offers from White, citing financial stability as a key factor in his retirement. Nurmagomedov’s interactions with powerful figures in Russia, including gifts from Putin’s ally Ramzan Kadyrov and funding from Ziyavudin Magomedov, are well-documented. UFC fans continue to speculate on Nurmagomedov’s potential return and the possibility of a McGregor vs. Michael Chandler matchup. UFC 300 and 301 are set to feature exciting matchups with light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira headlining both events.


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