Khabib Nurmagomedov’s controversial teammates, Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, have their suspension reduced by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which stemmed from their involvement in the ugly UFC 229 post-fight brawl.
In case you are living under a rock, a post-fight melee ensued after the lightweight champion submitted Conor McGregor in October of 2018.
Khabib jumped out of the cage and immediately attacked McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis, in the crowd, who allegedly hurled racial insults to the Russian.
McGregor, meanwhile, brawled with Khabib’s teammates inside the Octagon, with the Irish star landing the final blow of the night according to his recent claims.
As an aftermath of the brawl, Khabib and Conor were slapped with hefty fines and lengthy suspensions.
Khabib’s teammates were arrested in the night of the brawl while the NSAC both served them one-year suspensions.
To the dismay of Khabib on the NSAC ruling on his teammates, he threatened to not fight in Las Vegas again and to leave the Nevada-based promotion for good.
— theScore (@theScore) October 11, 2018
“You’ll Lose Me Too”
In a previous Instagram post, Khabib addressed the UFC and its decision to pull out his teammate, Tukhugov, in a fight card.
“Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started. In any case, punish me, [Tukhugov] has nothing to do with that.”
“If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video.
“If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.”
OFFICIAL: Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov got their suspension time reduced by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, both will be able to fight at #UFC242 in Abu Dhabi on September 7, with @TeamKhabib headlining the event pic.twitter.com/o4p1pjqW1d
— Denis Geyko (@DenisGeykoRT) May 22, 2019
Eligible For UFC 242
In a surprising turnaround, both Tukhugov and Nurmagomedov had their fighting ban reduced, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Raimondi.
Raimondi claimed that the combat sports governing body in Nevada trimmed their one-year suspension by 35 days.
This reduction means they will be eligible to compete again by September.
The Nevada-based promotion is targeting to stage a pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi on September 7, where Khabib is expected to headline the fight card opposite Dustin Poirier, with the undisputed lightweight title on the line.
Zubaira and Abubakar might also see action in this fight card.
NSAC Chairman Bob Bennett said Khabib’s camp request to reduce the suspensions was “fair and equitable,” though the decision has received mixed reactions from MMA fans online.
— mmHighlights (@HighlightsMm) May 21, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov)