UFC stars Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are expected to be in attendance in a hearing next month, where the Nevada State Athletic Commission will give its final verdict on both fighters for their roles in the infamous UFC 229 post-fight brawl.
While the Russian star has earlier confirmed his non-participation on the hearing, NSAC Chairman Anthony A. Marnell III claimed yesterday that Mcgregor and Nurmagomedov can, in fact, skip the December 10 affair if a settlement is reached ahead of time.
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As its initial administrative move, NSAC has served McGregor and Nurmagomedov a 10-day suspension last October 15 while a probe into the ugly post-fight fracas happened at UFC 229 was ongoing. On October 24, the commission decided to prolong the suspension indefinitely until the final verdict is served.
On the bright side, NSAC decided to release 50% of Nurmagomedov’s purse amounting to $1 million. ‘The Eagle’ pocketed a disclosed $2 million paycheck from the biggest fight in UFC history, where he submitted ‘The Notorious’ in the fourth round via a nasty rear naked choke. The remaining half, meanwhile, was withheld by the commission.
Once the investigation is completed, the NSAC will file a complaint against the UFC stars and other fighters involved in the brawl while a lifetime ban and a fine equivalent to the fighter’s total payday can potentially be served on both Conor and Khabib.
After Khabib Nurmagomedov's successful lighthweight title defence against Conor McGregor in #UFC229, the Russian champion is likely to face a “severe” punishment of a lengthy suspension of up to one year and a substantial percentage — or all — of his purse money. pic.twitter.com/klK8tVow8K
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NSAC is hoping that the case will be resolved before the end of the year. On December 10, the second hearing to the case will take place and both UFC stars are expected to fly back to Las Vegas, but the reigning lightweight champion has already confirmed his non-participation.
“On December 10 they will meet again and call me but I’m not going. I just defended my family and my religion. If they want to punish me, they can get all the money I earn, and they can give me 10 years ban. I don’t care,” said Khabib.
While a likely ban and/or hefty fine is likely as the outcome, McGregor will be hit with another punishment in terms of a ban from New York, as per Dana White via News.com.au:
“I think for anybody who would think that that was set up, that we would take our biggest star, get him arrested and get him kicked out of the state of New York — the guy can’t fight in the state of New York anymore, which is the biggest gate we ever did with Conor McGregor, which was $18 million.”
While the commission expects McGregor and Nurmagomedov to show up, there is still a chance that the NSAC can waive their appearance if, and only if, both camps reach a settlement with the commission’s attorney general, Caroline Bateman. This is according to NSAC Chairman, Marnel III.
“If they do not reach a settlement with the Attorney General, then they will have to be here. We will not hear the case over the phone. If they reach a settlement with the Attorney General, then it would be past practice for us to waive that appearance.”
Check out the full interview in the video below courtesy of The Mac Life:
NSAC officials met yesterday and decided to serve another extended suspension this time on Dillon Danis, Zubaira Tukhugov, and Abubakar Nurmagomedov for their involvement in the melee.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Khabib Nurmagomedov and The Notorious MMA)