“The fine is going to be crazy.”
This is how undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather described the possible repercussions of the ugly post-fight fracas that ensued at the UFC 229 last October 6 at T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The ‘biggest fight in UFC history’ turned into a ‘black day for the sport’ as the event was marred with chaos after reigning champion Khabib Nurmagomedov attacked Dillon Danis, following a nasty sumbission of challenger Conor McGregor.
‘Money’ assured that a hefty fine awaits the Russian champ for his role in the melee as the same fate happened to Mayweather’s rival Zab Judah back in 2006.
— Mirror Fighting 🥊 (@MirrorFighting) October 14, 2018
‘There is Only One King’
‘The Eagle’ has been hitting the headlines in the past week. From defending his actions in the post-fight brawl to issuing an ultimatum to the UFC, Nurmagomedov had called out almost everybody after the controversial UFC 229.
His recent call out was aimed at the undisputed boxing champion, Mayweather.
In a video with the chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, Mr. Leonard Ellerbe, Nurmagomedov challenged ‘The Money’ to a fight to settle who is the real king of the jungle. Khabib has stretched his winning ways to 27 fights after defeating McGregor last week while Floyd holds a perfect 50-0 record, with the last win coming from the same victim.
“Let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs 27-0, two guys who never lose, why not? Because in the jungle there is only one king. Only one king. Of course I am the king because he could not drop McGregor and I dropped him easily. Let’s go.”
Floyd Mayweather after watching Conor McGregor title fight pic.twitter.com/6sf80Ecmjv
— BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@B1ackSchefter) October 7, 2018
The past few days have been very tough for Team Khabib.
UFC President Dana White has decided to cut Khabib’s teammate Zubaira Tukhugov after he attacked the Irish star in the cage last Saturday. Tukhugov is set to lock horns with McGregor teammate Artem Lobov later this month but will no longer see action in the bout after his involvement in the incident.
Meanwhile, the Nevada State Athletic Commission decided to freeze Nurmagomedov’s $2 million paycheck and his manager’s 10 per cent cut until the investigation into the brawl is completed. The commission has also served a temporary suspension to both Khabib and Conor, while a hearing later this month will determine the severity of the punishment.
But the aftermath of the UFC 229 brawl does not stop there.
Mayweather, who has past experiences with the NSAC, shared a realistic standpoint about the post-fight fracas in an interview with ITP.
“McGregor was fighting. I’m not too familiar with the guy he was fighting. But I know that the guy he was facing was undefeated. McGregor, he’s a tough competitor, but from what I heard was, the guy, after the fight, McGregor’s opponent jumped out the ring, and was fighting people in the crowd.”
He called the action ‘very unprofessional’ and claimed that a huge penalty could be in the offing.
”So, very unprofessional. It’s gonna be a huge fine. Pretty sure. Because, with my fight with Zab Judah, (there) was a huge melee in the ring. There was a huge penalty, a huge fine. If I’m not mistaken, seven figures. Not to me – but it could have been to Zab Judah, or my uncle Roger (Mayweather), or even Leonard Ellerbe. So I know, with a guy jumping out the cage into the audience and fighting different people, the fine is gonna be crazy.”
A post fight melee broke out in 2006 when Judah delivered a low blow on Mayweather in the final stretch of the 10th round of their Vegas fight. Judah and his father paid $250 000 and $100 000 fine respectively while Roger Mayweather got a $200 000 fine.
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