Khabib's training partner reveals unusual story about the former lightweight champion: 'I'm going to tear up my contract'

Zubaira Tukhugov recalled when the Russian athlete wanted to 'start a fight' so the organization could put him on the UFC 242 card

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One of the biggest lightweights (up to 70,3kg) in MMA history, Khabib Nurmagomedov also has good stories about his relationships with friends and teammates. In an interview with the 'Red Corner' podcast, the featherweight (up to 65,7kg) Zubaira Tukhugov remembered when the Russian athlete threatened to tear up the duel contract with Dustin poirier, just because the organization didn't want to fit it on the same card.

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“The UFC promised to put me on the Abu Dhabi card (UFC 242) with Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and Islam (Makhachev), but Dana White said he didn't have room for me. Khabib said 'Okay, I'm going to tear up my contract now, I'm going to give my place to Zubaira'. It would be his first good paycheck and I said 'Please don't do that!'. Then, Hunter Campbell called me, said he respected Khabib's decision and decided to withdraw some fights to let me in,” said Tukhugov.

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O UFC 242 took place in September 2019, in Abu Dhabi (UAE). In the most important fight of the night, Khabib made his first successful defense of the lightweight belt by submitting Dustin poirier in the third round. Still on the main card, Islam makhachev hit Davi ramos in the unanimous decision of the judges. In the same event, Zubaira Tukhugov tied with English Lerone murphy.

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