2 nights ago there was a protest on the border of Dagestan and Chechnya where local Dagestanis tore down Chechen street signs which were thought to be on Dagestani land. There were videos circulating around social media of a bunch of young men hammering down the road signs and declaring "Kizlyar is not Chechnya". Local authorities have since clarified that the land the signs were on were in fact Chechen owned and have asked the Chechen government to have understanding towards the people involved. Head of Chechen state Ramzan Kadyrov responded saying: "“We want to live in friendship and brotherhood. That’s why I’m saying, dear Dagestanis, don’t give in to provocation". He also added for those who were posting negative comments: "Watch your tongue and your fingers or we’ll break your fingers and rip your tongues out". Khabib posted a picture of himself on IG with a caption addressing the conflict. In short, he sees fault on both sides and wishes Chechens and Dagestanis could live together as brothers. He alluded to the conflict being fueled by outside influence. Unfortunately this didn't sit well with any of his Dagestani followers who called him a traitor and a Chechen puppet, he's since disabled the comments on that post. A lot of people turned on him when he spoke out against the "sexual" play and when his family accepted cars and awards from Ramzan Kadyrov. It seems even his own people don't understand their association. What do you all make of this? I think Khabib's time as a fighter star is limited. I feel like he'll retire within these next 2-3 years at most. I don't blame him, it must be difficult being from not only such a problematic region but the media in that country as a whole is notoriously unforgiving. He's looked drained and stressed since beating McGooGoo, he's always been a simple family guy who doesn't want the burden of attention and fame. Hopefully he'll just pave the way for other Russian stars to follow in his footsteps and make it big over here too.