Abdulamanap Nurmagomedov doesn’t want his son to waste more time waiting for his next fight.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has finally come up with its final verdict on the UFC 229 post-fight brawl case, which saw both lightweight stars Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor receiving hefty fines and lengthy suspensions.
The UFC lightweight champion won’t be seeing actions for nine months but his father, Abdulmanap, wants to reduce the suspension to save more time for Khabib’s professional fighting career.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled out on Tuesday that Khabib Nurmagomedov instigated the violence at UFC 229, which sparked the ugly fracas at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas last October.
With his actions in the infamous post-fight brawl, the NSAC slapped the Russian champion with a hefty $500 000 fine and a nine-month suspension while his rival, Conor McGregor was fined ten times less but will sit out for six months.
But the ruling also stated that Khabib’s suspension can be shortened by three months if he does an anti-bullying PSA, which means his return to the cage could be around the same time with the former champ champ.
Khabib has aired his frustrations over the NSAC’s decision through social media. In a Twitter post, he wrote “politics forever,” implying that the ruling wasn’t fair and was purely political.
In a separate post on Instagram, Khabib captioned a photo of him “wake me up when it’s all over,” probably referring to the lengthy suspension handed by the commission.
But if there is one thing the undefeated lightweight was upset about, it was the one-year suspensions served to Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov – his teammates who brawled with “The Notorious” inside the cage, following his fourth-round submission win.
Leaving The UFC?
According to reports, Khabib is done fighting in Nevada as he was not happy with how the UFC 229 brawl case was handled. He also said that he will not return the Octagon until his teammates’ are eligible to fight again.
The lightweight champ is now setting his sights on a fight at Madison Square Garden in New York this November, or a month after the conclusion of Tukhugov and Abubakar’s suspension, though he made no mention of his next opponent.
Khabib has been rumoured to fight the number one title contender, Anthony Fergusson, but he has also expressed interest in locking horns with Georges St-Pierre and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But his father, Abdulmanap, has dropped a hint that the lightweight champion might be leaving the Nevada-based promotion.
A Twitter post by MMA Team Dagestan mentioned that Khabib’s father is pursuing to shorten Khabib’s suspension so he can soon be free from his obligations to the company.
“We will try to reduce the period of disqualification. I don’t know what the team will say. We have already lost a lot of time. Under the contract, Khabib has one fight left. We will fight and try to be free (from obligations to the UFC).”
We will try to reduce the period of disqualification. I don't know what the team will say. We have already lost a lot of time. Under the contract, Khabib has one fight left.
We will fight and try to be free (from obligations to the @UFC)
— MMA TEAM DAGESTAN (@MMATeamDagestan) January 30, 2019
Could this mean that Khabib’s days at UFC are numbered?
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Khabib and Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov)