Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor fines and suspensions
Nearly 4 months have passed since the biggest fight in UFC history. Khabib asserted his dominance throughout the fight and eventually submitted McGregor in Round 4 via a Neck Crank. However, the event was marred by the brawl that erupted after the fight, as Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped the cage to attack members of Conor McGregor’s team. Soon afterwards, McGregor and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s cousin, attempted to exit the octagon, but a scuffle broke out between them after McGregor punched Abubakar, who then punched him back. McGregor was then attacked by two of Nurmagomedov’s cornermen, Zubaira Tukhugov and Esed Emiragaev. Nurmagomedov’s payment for the fight was withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as a result, pending an investigation into his actions. McGregor on the other hand, was paid in full on the night after footage was reviewed.
The NSAC filed a formal complaint against both Nurmagomedov and McGregor and on the 24th October, the NSAC voted to approve a motion to release half of Nurmagomedov’s $2 million fight payout immediately. Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor received indefinite bans, at least until the official hearing, which was due to take place in December 2018. This was expected to determine the final disciplinary outcome of the post-fight brawl. However, this hearing was put back until January 29th 2019 in Las Vegas.
First up was the UFC Lightweight Champion Nurmagomedov. He was issued with a 9 month suspension and a $500,000 fine. The suspension can be reduced to 6 months if Nurmagomedov participates in an anti-bullying campaign subject to approval. This makes Khabib eligible to return to action on July 6th 2019 or April 6th 2019 dependent on the anti-bullying PSA. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov have each received one-year suspensions and $25,000 fines. Finally, Conor McGregor has received a 6 month suspension with a $50,000 fine and is eligible to return as early as April 6th 2019. All of these suspensions are retroactive to Oct. 6, 2018.