Zubaira Tukhugov was one of the men involved in the post-UFC 229 brawl that spilled into the crowd. Tukhugov, a teammate of UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, could be seen leaping into Octagon to confront Conor McGregor. Tukhugov came up from behind McGregor and delivered a couple of sucker punches before being pulled away.
There was no confirmation that Tukhugov was the man in the video until he took to social media to confirm his involvement and said that he “slapped” McGregor. He also denied that McGregor ever hit him.
“I slapped him as promised,” said Tukhugov. “I promised to make him answer for his words and I did. Tell everyone who thinks I was hit, where?” Where, nothing. Just this cop pushed me away, on the video, as if I was hit, in short. Not missed, was not even close.”
Tukhugov, who will no longer be on the UFC featherweight roster because his involvement in the melee according to UFC president Dana White, was slated to fight McGregor teammate Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 138 later this month. Unfortunately, there appear to be no plans to move forward with that fight which was the scheduled co-main event.
Who Is Zubaira Tukhugov?
Born January 15, 1991, the 27-year-old mixed martial artist is of Chechen descent and has been a professional fighter since 2010. Tukhugov was a standout in Cage Warriors, ProFC, EFN, and others before he made his way to the UFC.
After signing with the UFC, Tukhugov was able to put togther three straight wins. He then suffered his first loss in four years at UFC 198 when he dropped a split decision to Renato Moicano. Following the fight, Tukhugov was suspended for two years by USADA after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine.
He was scheduled to face McGregor teammate Artem Lobov on Oct. 27 at UFC Fight Night 138 at Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada before being released from the UFC roster for his involvement in the post-UFC 229 mayhem.
Tukhugov holds a professional record of 18-4.