The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend UFC stars Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor for their roles in a postfight melee that occured at UFC 229 in October.
The commission suspended Nurmagomedov (27-0) for nine months and fined him $500,000 of a disclosed $2 million purse. The suspension is dated retroactively to Oct. 6, the date of UFC 229, meaning he is eligible to return on July 6. However the suspension could be reduced to six months if he agrees to participate in a local anti-bullying campaign, the NSAC added.
McGregor (21-4) received a six-month suspension and was fined $50,000. He will be eligible to return to competition as soon as April 6.
Nurmagomedov went to Twitter with reaction to the news:
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 29, 2019
Ali Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov’s manager, said of the fines also had this to say about the fines:”I don’t think it’s fair, Khabib gets $500K and Conor gets $50K? I think it’s bulls—.”
The NSAC also penalized several of the fighters’ cornermen and teammates who joined in on the fight after the fight.
Nurmagomedov’s cousin, PFL lightweight Abubakar Nurmagomedov and teammate Zubaira Tukhugov each received a one-year suspension and $25,000 fine. Dillon Danis, a McGregor teammate and professional fighter for Bellator MMA, also is facing punishment, but no decision has been made.
The suspensions also will be upheld outside Nevada, as all commissioners, including the UFC will respect the decision of the NSAC, according to ESPN.