Conor McGregor given six-month ban for post-UFC brawl following loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 30/01/19 2:18pm
Conor McGregor has been banned for six months and fined £38,095 for his part in the brawl after his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October last year.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib has been suspended for nine months and fined £380,950 for his role in the incident of the Las Vegas fight.
After forcing McGregor to tap out in the fourth round, Khabib climbed over the octagon and scuffled with fighter Dillon Danis in McGregor's corner causing a brawl to break out.
McGregor was then involved in a bust-up in the octagon with one of Khabib's team members with the Russian then escorted out of the arena by police as fans threw objects at him.
Both suspensions have been backdated to the date of the bout - October 6, 2018 - after the pair were suspended following the fight.
Khabib's ban will be reduced by three months if he participates with Las Vegas police in an anti-bullying public service announcement.
His fine will be taken from his share of the UFC 229 purse, according to the terms approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
I am thankful for the Nevada athletic commissions fair assessment and handling of the brawl incident.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2019
It was not my intention to land the final blow of the night on my opponent’s blood relative. It’s just how it played out.
I look forward to competing again soon.
Thank you all.
McGregor says he accepts Nevada Athletic Commission's assessment of the incident and looks forward to competing again when his suspension is lifted.
"I am thankful for the Nevada athletic commissions fair assessment and handling of the brawl incident." he tweeted.
"It was not my intention to land the final blow of the night on my opponent's blood relative. It's just how it played out. I look forward to competing again soon. Thank you all."
Neither McGregor nor Khabib attended the hearing and the champion tweeted shortly after the punishments were given: "Politics forever".
Khabib's cousin and fighter Abubakar Nurmagomedov and another Khabib team-mate, Zubaira Tukhugov, both received 12-month bans and £19,025 fines for their parts in the melee.