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Hopefully I have not hurt anyone's feelings: Khabib speaks out about scuffle after McGregor victory

Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken out on social media after igniting a cage-side brawl over the weekend.

The Russian beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229 but in the moments after the bout, he leapt out of the cage to confront McGregor's ju-jitsu partner Dillon Danis.

Security soon came between the pair but the trouble continued shortly after as  a man wearing a red shirt scaled the fence into the octagon and punched the beaten McGregor from behind several times.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor.

Khabib had apologised during his post-fight press conference but has now offered a picture of his smiling face in reference to the scuffle. Accompanying the Instagram post is the caption: "My face when someone says that I didn't like my jump, but I tried so hard. Hopefully I have not hurt anyone's feelings with this leap."

When Khabib apologised for his actions over the weekend, he pointed to McGregor's pre-fight behaviour

"This is not my best side," Khabib said on Saturday. "He talked about my religion, my country, my father. He came to Brooklyn, he broke bus and nearly killed two people. So why do people still talk about me jumping over the cage? I have shown respect.

"This is a respectful sport. This is not a trash-talking sport. I want to change this game. You cannot talk about religions and nations. This for me is very important. Thank you for waiting for me. I know my father is gonna smash me when I go home. Nevada: sorry. Vegas: sorry."

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