The Nevada State Athletic Commission introduced the suspensions and fines for UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor yesterday afternoon, stemming from the post-fight brawl at UFC 229.
McGregor obtained a six-month suspension, retroactive to October 6, in addition to a $50,000 high-quality, whereas Khabib was issued a nine-month ban and a $500,000 high-quality. However, Khabib's suspension could be lowered to 6 months if he participates in an anti-bullying PSA.
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Conor took to social media within the early hours of Wednesday morning to voice his opinion of the NSAC's ruling, which he described as a "truthful evaluation and dealing with of the brawl incident." Naturally, he additionally took some jabs at Khabib's camp and gave a fast play-by-play of "the ultimate blow of the evening on my opponent’s blood relative."
McGregor's first tweet on the matter reads: "I'm grateful for the Nevada athletic commissions truthful evaluation and dealing with of the brawl incident. It was not my intention to land the ultimate blow of the evening on my opponent’s blood relative. It’s simply the way it performed out. I sit up for competing once more quickly. Thank you all."
His second tweet contained screenshots of "the ultimate blow," together with the next: "Straight left hand contained in the attackers jab. He tried to make use of the large safety guard that’s in all the films as cowl, however I may scent him a mile away and landed flush down the pipe. The last blow of the evening UFC 229 in affiliation with McGregor Sports and Entertainment."
McGregor will probably be eligible to return to the octagon as quickly as April 6, only a week earlier than the UFC 236 PPV on April 13. He and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone have been teasing a bout for weeks, however there are not any scarcity of opponents on the lookout for an enormous payday towards the Irish famous person.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He’s Done Fighting In Las Vegas
Khabib obtained a nine-month ban from Vegas on Tuesday.
UFC 229 includes a marquee matchup between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. It was extremely anticipated with folks cut up on who would in the end come out victorious. In the top, Nurmagomedov pulled off the large win however afterward, an enormous brawl ensued as Khabib jumped over the cage and went into the gang whereas McGregor was on the bottom. The Nevada State Athletic Commission ultimately handed out suspensions to each fighters on Tuesday, with Khabib receiving a nine-month suspension from preventing in Vegas, whereas McGregor received six months.
Now, Khabib's supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz is saying that the fighter could be very upset with the choice and will not battle in Nevada even after his suspension expires.
"He's accomplished with Vegas for giving his brothers such harsh punishment," Abdelaziz instructed ESPN. "He loves MSG[Madison Square Garden]. Lots of his followers dwell round there, and New York has at all times been good to him. He misses preventing in New York."
Meanwhile, McGregor would not appear too upset with the choice as he tweeted saying "I'm grateful for the Nevada athletic commissions truthful evaluation and dealing with of the brawl incident. It was not my intention to land the ultimate blow of the night time on my opponent’s blood relative. It’s simply the way it performed out."
Khabib, McGregor Suspensions & Fines Announced For UFC 229 Brawl
NSAC palms down suspensions and fines from the chaotic UFC 229 melee.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has in the present day 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 superb. However, Khabib's suspension, which is retroactive to October 6, may be decreased 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 superb 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 $500okay and Conor will get $50okay? I feel it is bullshit."
In addition to paying his personal superb, Khabib will reportedly choose up the tab for his two teammates, Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov (every of whom have been fined $25,000 and suspended one 12 months) and $200,000 for his lawyer.
With the suspensions and fines out of the best way, 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 combat in latest weeks. That mentioned, there are many fighters who can be thinking about an enormous payday combat towards McGregor.
Nurmagomedov, then again, 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 want to arrange that bout as soon as the suspensions have been taken care of, so now we'll have to attend and see how the reserving shakes out.
Khabib On Conor McGregor Rematch: “He Doesn’t Deserve This”
"Rematch for what?"
UFC's huge cash rematch between Conor McGregor and undefeated Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ought to occur someday this yr, in keeping with UFC President Dana White.
However, Khabib appears lower than enthused about giving McGregor one other title shot.
“[Laughs] We’ll see,” Nurmagomedov advised reporters in Australia when requested in regards to the rematch (H/T MMA Fighting). “He doesn’t deserve this. Rematch for what? Before final struggle he talked, talked however after we had been contained in the cage he don’t do nothing.”
Speaking with reporters forward of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 1 occasion, Dana White as soon as once more famous that McGregor is keen to get again within the octagon towards anyone, however particularly for an additional shot at Khabib's belt.
“He’ll struggle anyone,” White said. “Obviously he would love the rematch with Khabib, however he’ll struggle anyone.”
Shortly after White unveiled the UFC and ESPN's new Legacy Championship Belt in the present day, McGregor took to twitter to proclaim, "OK I am again."
“It’s one of many major issues I really like about Conor McGregor: The belt means lots to him and being a world champion means all the pieces to him,” White advised ESPN in an Instagram chat (H/T MMA Junkie). “I find it irresistible. … 100 p.c (it nonetheless means all the pieces to him). 100 p.c.”
Last month, the Nevada State Athletic Commission officers unanimously granted Nurmagomedov a continuance within the UFC 229 case on the month-to-month assembly in Las Vegas. McGregor's camp was beforehand granted a continuance in his case, and now each fighters are scheduled to look earlier than the court docket on the subsequent NSAC assembly on January 29.
Both will stay briefly suspended till the state of affairs is resolved.
Max Holloway Withdraws From UFC 223 Main Event Vs. Nurmagomedov
The UFC 223 fight card has undergone a tremendous amount change in the last week and a half, and it just changed once again.
Lightweight fighter Max Holloway, who was scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the vacant Lightweight championship on Saturday night, has been deemed medically unfit to fight and is out the main event, according to UFC President Dana White. Holloway was the replacement for Tony Ferguson, who was forced to withdraw from the match last week after he suffered a torn knee ligament.
Holloway tweeted at Nurmagomedov moments ago, ".@TeamKhabib my brother I want to keep going but they are stopping me. Sorry to your team and the fans. You don’t deserve this. This is number one. Shout outs to you and @Showtimepettis . Give the fans what they deserve."
Anthony Pettis was supposed to take on Michael Chiesa, but Chiesa has been deemed unfit to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission and the UFC medical team, due to several facial cuts he sustained as a result McGregor's actions.
The winner Nurmagomedov vs Holloway was to be crowned the true 155-pound lightweight champion, after Dana White stripped Conor McGregor that title. Now, it looks like Khabib Nurmagomedov will be going up against Anthony Pettis for that title.