Russian President Vladimir Putin has met and congratulated Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov after he beat UFC contender Conor McGregor in a bout overshadowed by a post-fight brawl.
Putin said Nurmagomedov's victory to retain his UFC lightweight title was "convincing" and his actions in the brawl afterwards had been provoked by insults.
Nurmagomedov's brutal submission victory over Ireland's McGregor on Saturday was followed by fights breaking out in and around the cage in the mixed-martial arts fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage before leaping feet first at McGregor's team mate and cornerman Dillon Danis.
Three of the Russian's team were arrested and later released. the Nevada State Athletics Commission is also investigating.
The president told Nurmagomedov "not just you, but all of us can jump out like that if assaulted".
Putin asked Nurmagomedov's father "not to punish him too severely" for the brawl.