Vladimir Putin told the father of UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov not to punish him 'too severely' when they met earlier this week.
Khabib defeated Conor McGregor by submission at UFC 229, but the event was overshadowed by a brawl between the fighters and their support staff after the official fight was over.
The Russian fighter climbed over the walls of the Octagon and attacked McGregor's trainer Dillon Danis, while the Irishman fought with three of Khabib's trainers in the arena.
Vladimir Putin told the dad of UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov not to punish him 'too severely'
While UFC have condemned the fight and are considering what action to take - including if Khabib should be stripped of the title - his