UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor have both been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously for their UFC 229 post-fight brawl.
Nurmagomedov was suspended nine months, with the opportunity to reduce it to six, by participating in an anti-bullying campaign. His opponent, McGregor, was suspended six months. Both suspensions are retroactive to October 6, meaning McGregor is able to compete again starting April 6. Both fighters were also fined: $500,000 for Nurmagomedov and $50,000 for McGregor.
During the hearing, Brett Okamoto tweeted, “Right now, Nevada commission is essentially telling Conor McGregor, who is not here, if he continues to ramp up his pre-fight talk in a similar way he has, they will consider taking disciplinary action against him, which they’ve never done for verbal actions.” This could potentially change the landscape for McGregor’s verbal warfare leading up to his fights.
Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN that Nurmagomedov will not compete in Nevada again due to the punishments against his teammates, leading to believe the champ will likely serve his full suspension. Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov, were also punished for their involvement in the brawl, with one-year suspensions and a $25,000 fine for each, per Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com.
Neither Nurmagomedov nor McGregor were present at the NSAC hearing.