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NSAC suspends Nurmagomedov 9 months, McGregor gets 6 months for UFC 229 aftermath melee

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov received a nine month suspension while Irish lightweight contender Conor McGregor was handed a 6 month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Tuesday afternoon for their post-UFC 229 brawl.

The NSAC also handed Nurmagomedov a $500,000 USD fine, which will be taken from his purse, which has not yet been dispersed to him.  A $50,000 USD fine was issued to McGregor. The suspensions are retroactive to Oct. 6, 2018, the date of UFC 229 and the brawl incident.

Nurmagomedov has an opportunity to reduce his suspension by up to three months if he participates in an commission approved anti-bullying public service announcement. He would need to send in the PSA to the commission by February to receive the full three month reduction.

In addition, two people of Nurmagomedov’s camp, Abubakar Numagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov, were suspended for a year apiece.

McGregor has made headlines recently using social media to buzz for a fight with Donald Cerrone.

UFC president Dana White later said on ESPN that he thought the suspensions were “a little harsh, but it is what it is.”


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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