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Vladimir Putin, UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov meet after UFC 229 win

| Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 2:15 p.m.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (R) and his father Abdulmanap (C) during their meeting at the Russia is a Sport State forum in Ulyanovsk on October 10, 2018. - Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov will not be stripped of his UFC lightweight title despite his role in a post-match brawl Saturday, UFC president Dana White said in a website posting October 10, 2018. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (R) and his father Abdulmanap (C) during their meeting at the Russia is a Sport State forum in Ulyanovsk on October 10, 2018. - Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov will not be stripped of his UFC lightweight title despite his role in a post-match brawl Saturday, UFC president Dana White said in a website posting October 10, 2018. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has met with Khabib Nurmagomedov to congratulate him on winning the UFC lightweight title, and defended the fighter's actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor.

Putin hailed Nurmagomedov's "convincing" victory in the highly anticipated mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, and said the champion's decision to then climb over the cage and fight with members of McGregor's corner had been provoked by insults.

The brawl also featured two men from Nurmagomedov's entourage climbing into the cage and attacking McGregor.

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Nurmagomedov told Putin on Wednesday he was sorry that he lost self-control, but that he had heard McGregor's camp insulting his father and his country.

Putin joked that he would ask Nurmagomedov's father, who was also present at the meeting, not to punish him too severely.

The president added that "not just you, but all of us can jump out like that if assaulted."

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