Nevada Athletic Commission Extends Suspensions for Nurmagomedov, McGregor, Releases Half of Champ’s Purse

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The NSAC has put over the matter of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s actions at UFC 229 until December — though the champ, at least, is getting part of his paycheck.

We won’t fully know the outcome of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s investigation into the brawl at UFC 229 for a while yet. However in a hearing Wednesday, the decision to extend the suspensions of each man involved until a meeting in December was announced. As was the the move to release half of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s purse. The $2 million dollar disclosed payout he received for defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 229 had previously been withheld in full by the commission.

McGregor’s purse was paid in its entirety after the fight.

Per a report by MMA Junkie, Nevada deputy attorney general Caroline Bateman laid out the commission’s case, calling Nurmagomedov the “catalyst” for the brawl that erupted in the aftermath of UFC 229 earlier this month. Both fighter’s actions in the melee that ensued represented a “discredit to unarmed combat” and “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Neither fighter was present at Wednesday’s hearing, though both will be required to attend December’s meeting. Their suspensions are extended at least until that date.

“I understand that the Nevada State Athletic Commission is doing a thorough investigation, which I am confident will benefit my client, Conor McGregor,” McGregor manager Audie Attar suggested in a statement released on Wednesday.

Curiously, Zubaira Tukhugov, who was yanked from UFC Moncton’s co-main event for attacking McGregor at UFC 229, was not mentioned at the hearing. The investigation, however, is ongoing, it was noted.


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