UFC stars Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will remain suspended as the Nevada State Athletic Commission decided to extend the ban for both UFC stars for their roles in the infamous UFC 229 brawl. The case had an intriguing development yesterday but it is still far from over…
The commission gathered last October 24 for a hearing, with its officials coming up with a unanimous vote to extend the suspensions of both fighters until a final verdict is served this December.
The bans issued to Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been extended.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 25, 2018
After a dominant victory over his bitter rival last October 6, Nurmagomedov went ballistic and flew to the crowd to confront McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis. The ‘biggest fight in UFC history’ instantly turned into a night of chaos as bigger brawls sparked inside and outside the T-mobile Arena.
Three members from the Russian camp, who attacked McGregor inside the Octagon, were arrested after the incident but were later released as the Irishman refused to press charges. Meanwhile, The Eagle was the first to feel the wrath of the state commission as it decided to freeze his $2 million paycheck.
Nurmagomedov has recently criticized the authority for its decision to withhold his money, saying “You can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat.”
Days after the post-fight fracas, NSAC then served an indefinite suspension, effective October 15, to both fighters, until the investigation to the brawl is completed.
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) October 25, 2018
Conor and Khabib Are Still Banned
The NSAC officials sit down yesterday for its initial hearing of the controversial UFC 229 melee. The commission has decided to release the first half of Khabib’s $2 million salary while the remaining half will remain pending.
A hearing in December is expected to serve the final verdict for Khabib and Conor, who were requested to attend in person. For now, both of them will be banned indefinitely until the probe into their brawl is done.
Conor’s manager respected the decision and stressed that the investigation will work in their favour, saying “I understand that the Nevada State Athletic Commission is doing a thorough investigation, which I am confident will benefit my client.”
This is despite NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell’s claim that “he would have also withheld McGregor’s purse” after a video in his possession caught the former two-division champion actually starting the riot.
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