Former UFC champion Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov each were suspended and fined on Tuesday, January 29, for a brawl they had after their UFC 229 bout in Las Vegas on October 6, 2018.
Nurmagomedov, 30, who defeated McGregor, also 30, in the octagon, was suspended for nine months and fined $500,000 for as he scaled the cage and attacked McGregor’s cornermen. His own entourage, meanwhile, ambushed McGregor in the octagon.
McGregor was also suspended for six months and fined $50,000. As for why he was suspended and fined, sources report it happened because he was engaged with Nurmagomedov’s teammates and attempted to follow Nurmagomedov out of the cage.
As per the report, if Nurmagomedov will participate with Las Vegas police in an anti-bullying public service, his suspension can be reduced by three months.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal report, both UFC fighters' suspensions are retroactive to October 6.
Nurmagomedov took to Twitter to react to the penalties, writing, "politics forever". His manager, Ali Abdelaziz, also complained about the punishments to ESPN.
Abdelaziz told ESPN, "I don't think it's fair. Khabib gets $500K and Conor gets $50K? I think it's bulls---."
politics forever— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 29, 2019
Both Conor and Khabib have a history of bad blood. Last April, McGregor threw a hand truck at a bus in which Nurmagomedov was seated at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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