“Still Hasn’t Recovered From Conor’s Left”: Khabib’s Protege Causes Another Stir, Fans React to Latest Fiasco

Published 02/11/2023, 4:44 AM EST

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UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s teammate Zubaira Tukhugov has missed weight ahead of UFC 284. The 32-year-old came in at 157.5 lbs for his lightweight debut. His fight against Elvis Brenner will proceed as scheduled. However, Tukhugov will lose 30% of his fight purse as a penalty for missing weight.

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Tukhugov’s name gained more traction after the infamous UFC 229 brawl. He was one of the Team Khabib members who had a swing at Conor McGregor in the cage during the chaos post-fight. Tukhugov was scheduled to fight McGregor’s former teammate Artem Lobov later that year. However, the fight was canceled in the aftermath of the UFC 229 brawl.


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Although Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team has a reputation for their disciplined approach to fighting, Tukhugov has had weight-cut issues before. The former featherweight struggled to make 145 lbs on multiple occasions. At UFC 253, Tukhugov came in four pounds over the featherweight limit for his fight against Hakeem Dawodu.

Tukhugov missed the featherweight mark again at UFC 280. He could not join his teammate on the UFC 280 card as he pulled out due to weight-cut complications. As a result, the UFC had to cancel his fight against Lucas Almeida.

Now, the Russian has missed weight again for a card headlined by teammate Islam Makhachev. Tukhugov also had some trouble getting his visa approved for traveling to Australia for the event. All things considered, the Russian seems to be a having a difficult time around this fight.

Fans had a few things to say about Tukhugov missing weight again, despite moving up a whole weight class.

Fans react to Zubaira Tukhugov missing weight

Fans did not take kindly to Tukhugov missing weight for UFC 284. The former featherweight has now missed weight for three out of the last four fights, with one of them getting canceled. Fans used this to point out the fighter’s lack of discipline.

One fan took a sly dig at Khabib Nurmagomedov for Tukhugov missing weight.


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Another fan recalled the time Tukhugov failed a steroid test and received a suspension.

One joked that the team did not focus on him enough compared to Makhachev.

Some fans pointed out how Russian and Dagestani fighters tend to miss weight often.

A fan made a connection between being Russian and missing weight.

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Another fan had a different conspiracy theory that Tukhugov was trying to get cut from the UFC.


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Tukhugov has fought eight times since his debut in the UFC in 2014. He won five of those. How do you think he will fare in his upcoming fight? Do you think the promotion should cut him for his inconsistencies on the scale?


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Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Yeswanth Praveen


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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His interests mainly lie in the realm of MMA, bodybuilding, and the fitness industry. He finished his Master's in English literature from EFLU, Hyderabad.
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Rohini Kottu




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