Nevada regulator suspends Khabib, McGregor for UFC brawl
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said.
Letters were sent Wednesday informing both mixed martial arts fighters that they will be suspended for at least 10 days effective Oct. 15, commission executive Bob Bennett said Thursday.
A commission investigation is pending and the panel can extend the temporary suspension when it meets Oct. 24, Bennett said. Nurmagomedov and McGregor could also appeal Bennettás executive action at that time.
Nurmagomedov, who was praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting Wednesday in Moscow, responded with an angry Instagram post saying he was being unfairly punished.
The fighter complained that discipline didnát follow an incident last April in Brooklyn, New York, when McGregor shattered windows of Nurmagomedovás bus with a hand truck after Nurmagomedov confronted one of McGregorás teammates days earlier.
âThey could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?ã Nurmagomedov posted. âWe have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end.ã
McGregorás manager, Audie Attar at Paradigm Sports Management, said he was confident the investigation will clear McGregor.
âIt will be clear who and where the blame lies,ã Attar said in a statement. âWe are focused on the future.ã
Nurmagomedovás manager, Ali Abdelaziz at Dominance MMA Management, did not immediately respond to emails. Abdelazizás telephone was not accepting messages.
However, Fighting erupted outside the octagon late Saturday, after McGregor (21-4) tapped out during a chokehold by Nurmagomedov (27-0) in the fourth round of UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena.
The Russian champion from Dagestan then stepped away from McGregor, climbed over the cage and scuffled with a fighter in the Irishmanás corner.
Members of Nurmagomedovás entourage climbed into the octagon and attacked McGregor, and McGregor also tried to climb out of the cage during the brawl.
Nurmagomedovás $2 million for the fight has been withheld by the commission pending the outcome of the investigation, Bennett said. McGregor received his $3 million purse.
âYou can keep my money that you are withholding,ã Nurmagomedov posted. âI hope it wonát get stuck in your throat.ã
UFC President Dana White said three members of Nurmagomedovás camp were detained by police but released because McGregor refused to press criminal charges.
White said the UFC might strip the lightweight title from Nurmagomedov.