After the infamous post-fight brawl that ensued at UFC 229 between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) started an investigation to reprimand those responsible. The investigation had been ongoing since Saturday 6th October 2018. However, as of this morning, the NSAC have issued a fine of $50,000 (£38,095) to Conor McGregor, and $500,000 (£380,950) to Khabib Nurmagomedov, as a result of their involvements in the post-fight brawl.
Also, both fighters have been given back-dated suspensions. McGregor has been suspended for six months, whilst Khabib has been suspended for nine months. The Russian could get his suspension shortened however if he agrees to participate in an anti-bullying campaign in the state of Nevada. This means that both fighters could be cleared to compete as early as 6th April 2019.
Furthermore, the two fighters that headlined the event weren’t the only ones involved. Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov, who are teammates of Khabib, have both been suspended for a year and fined $25,000 (£19,030). Conor’s team mate Dillon Danis, who currently competes in BellatorMMA, is also facing punishment and his case will be cleared later on today.
Ali Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov’s manager stated that “I don’t think it’s fair” as “Khabib gets $500K and Conor gets $50K? I think it’s bulls***”. In relation to Khabib’s teammates, he felt that the fines and suspensions handed to both Abubakar and Zubaria were “too much”. Khabib is a man of few words and in true Khabib style responded to the punishment on Twitter, as seen below.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 29, 2019
To recap the post-fight brawl, after Khabib had choked out Conor in the third round of the main event, he jumped the cage and immediately starting attacking Dillon Danis, McGregor’s training partner. This endangered members of the crowd. Khabib’s teammates then started attacking McGregor in the octagon, with Zubaira Tukhugov jumping the cage fence and attacking Conor from behind.
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