The Nevada State Athletic Commission has at present introduced the suspensions and fines for UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, stemming from the post-fight brawl at UFC 229.
According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Nurmagomedov was issued a nine-month ban and a $500,000 advantageous. However, Khabib’s suspension, which is retroactive to October 6, may be diminished to 6 months if he participates in an anti-bullying PSA.
McGregor acquired a six month suspension, making him eligible to return on April 6. He additionally acquired a advantageous of $50,000.
Helwani reports that Khabib’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, was lower than happy in regards to the drastic distinction in fines handed out. “I do not suppose it is truthful. Khabib will get $500ok and Conor will get $50ok? I feel it is bullshit.”
In addition to paying his personal advantageous, Khabib will reportedly decide up the tab for his two teammates, Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov (every of whom had been fined $25,000 and suspended one yr) and $200,000 for his lawyer.
With the suspensions and fines out of the way in which, UFC President Dana White can now start plotting McGregor and Khabib’s subsequent opponents.
It already seems that McGregor is in line to tackle Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, as the 2 have teased a possible battle in current weeks. That stated, there are many fighters who could be eager about an enormous payday battle in opposition to McGregor.
Nurmagomedov, however, is the undefeated Lightweight champion and if there’s anybody within the division deserving of a title shot it is Tony Ferguson. Dana White beforehand expressed a need to arrange that bout as soon as the suspensions had been taken care of, so now we’ll have to attend and see how the reserving shakes out.