After vacating his title, Connor McGregor is returning to the UFC to challenge interim champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov is from Dagestan. During a recent press conference, Connor dove into Dagestani-Chechen-Russian politics, looking, as always, for some psychological lever.
There’s a chance that Ziyavudin’s imprisonment is why Khabib has been expressing Russian nationalism and not Dagestani nationalism. Khabib petitioned Putin directly for his release. And for Russia, this, like everything, is a propaganda outlet.