New UFC star backtracks after making Conor McGregor apology demand

Top British prospect Muhammad Mokaev has recently signed with the leading MMA promotion, and he had previously demanded the Irishman apologise for his comments towards the people of Dagestan

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The UFC’s newest British signing Muhammad Mokaev has sought to explain his comments demanding Conor McGregor apologise for a statement made about the people of Dagestan.

Mokaev, who fights out of Manchester but was born in the same region as Khabib Nurmagomedov, had asked the Irishman to say sorry for things he had said about his home country.

But he has now said that his comments were taken out of context, and claims that he simply wants to know if the Irishman meant what he said in tweets about the region.

He insisted he has a lot of respect for the Irishman, and didn’t mean for his words to be taken the way they were.

The pair share a manager in Audie Attar of Paradigm Sport and Mokaev told My MMA News : “I spoke to Audie last night. People made this like I want to tell him ‘Hey, come here, apologise’.

Conor McGregor was asked to apologise by Muhammad Mokaev



“Okay [McGregor] makes bad posts but this guy has done a lot for the sport. He became two-division champion. What he’s done I haven’t done yet.

“I can’t say to somebody, ‘Hey, you haven’t done anything.’

“I have respect for him but tweets sometimes he makes, I want to tell him, like ‘Did you mean about everybody in Dagestan or did you mean about like personal, somebody who you’re talking about?’

“But if he tells me this, I will tell people, ‘Listen, this guy meant this or something like this you know.’

“Because the media is saying bad about him, my manager say good about him, maybe this guy is good in real life, maybe he’s bad.

“That’s what I want to find out. I don’t want to be like an idiot, ‘I want to smash him when I see him.’ It wasn’t about this.”

Mokaev had initially spoken out on on The MMA Hour, where he had admitted he was contacted by McGregor, and believes he was misquoted when headlines said he had looked for an apology.

During his appearance on the show, he said: “He’s sent me a message before wishing me all the best.

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“To be honest, I want to ask him about why he’s been talking about Dagestan.

“I want to see his energy. My manager and everyone says he isn’t the same as he pretends to be in the media.

“Business is good, but my people are my people. It’s not okay to call out the whole nation. There are bad people in Ireland too.

“So, you can’t say that and he has to apologise.”

McGregor’s bitter rivalry with Dagestani fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has seen him take a number of shots at the people of the region.

He called Nurmagomedov a “smelly inbred” after he called for a Dagestani medal earlier this year, before posting a picture from a Google search related to inbreeding in Dagestani culture.

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