Khabib Nurmagomedov
The Eagle
Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 4/6/2019
Considering Nevada boycott
LightweightUFC
Out
January 29, 2019
According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Numagomedov will no longer fight in the state of Nevada following the santions that were handed down Tuesday from the Nevada Athletic Commission to him and teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov.
ANALYSIS
Nurmagomedov was issued a $500,000 fine and nine-month suspension due to his role in inciting a post-fight melee at UFC 229, which eventually roped in several teammates of both him and opponent Conor McGregor. Khabib has no choice but to pay the hefty fine considering that the state had been withholding his fight purse, but he clearly doesn't believe his teammates were treated fairly in this situation. It's already been reported that Khabib will pay the fines administered to his teammates, but now he's taking this protest to another level. Through his manager Ali Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov says that he will not fight in Nevada until both one-year suspensions are lifted. Instead, the current lightweight champion is targeting a return for the annual November card that will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Brawl punishment finalized
LightweightUFC
Out
January 29, 2019
Nurmagomedov was fined $500,000 and handed a nine-month suspension Tuesday for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The suspension is retroactive to the date of the incident (Oct. 6) and can be reduced to just six months should Nurmagomedov agree to participate in an anti-bullying PSA. Assuming he chooses to do so, he'll be eligible to return to the Octagon on April 6. Even if he chooses not to film and distribute the public service announcement, Nurmagomedov would still be eligible to compete during International Fight Week, which occurs every year in July in Las Vegas. While the fine is quite hefty, it will be taken from Khabib's fight purse for the Oct. 6 event, which will finally be released upon this settlement.
Ruling on sanctions delayed
LightweightUFC
Out
December 10, 2018
Nurmagomedov (suspension) was granted a temporary continuance by the Nevada Athletic Commission, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This means that neither Nurmagomedov or opponent Conor McGregor will receive their official punishment until action the Jan. 29 hearing, at the earliest. While the speed of these legal proceedings comes as no surprise, it was unlikely either fighter would be booking another fight in the near future anyway. Look for Nurmagomedov (and potentially a few teammates) to ultimately see a lengthier punishment, as he was the fighter that jumped outside of the cage and incited the UFC 229 post-fight brawl. Any suspension will likely give him credit for the time served already, and it's already been more than two months since the incident.
Suspension extended pending Dec. 10 hearing
LightweightUFC
Out
October 24, 2018
Nurmogomedov had his temporary suspension extended to Dec. 10 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
ANALYSIS
Following his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov leaped over the cage in search of one of McGregor's teammates, thus inciting an all-out brawl. Both fighters will now be required to appear in person at a Dec. 10 hearing, at which point final punishments will be decided. Per state regulations, each fighter could be fined 100 percent of their purse and face a lifetime ban, though it's highly unlikely they see disciplinary action of that magnitude. It's unclear what the next step in the fight career of Nurmagomedov is at this time, but since most state commissions will honor the decision of Nevada, he will be unable to book a fight prior to his hearing date. More important for Nurmagomedov at this time is the withholding of his fight purse, as he did not receive his $2 million guaranteed payment after the fight while the commission investigated the matter. Per Damon Martin, $1 million of that purse will be released to Nurmagomedov, while the other half will remain withheld pending the Dec. 10 hearing.
Will be temporarily suspended
LightweightUFC
Out
October 11, 2018
Nurmagomedov will be temporarily suspended Monday for his post-fight antics following his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 last weekend, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters will remain temporarily suspended until a hearing in Vegas on Oct. 24, at which point there will be a vote determining whether they will be indefinitely suspended pending the results the Nevada Athletic Commission's investigation. Regardless of his discipline, UFC President Dana White already announced Nurmagomedov will retain his status as UFC Lightweight Champion.
Belt not in jeopardy
LightweightUFC
Out
October 9, 2018
Nurmagomedov will retain his status as UFC Lightweight Champion despite his post-fight antics following his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on Saturday, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nurmagomedov certainly doesn't deserve to have his long-awaited and well-earned title stripped from him, so the recent comments from UFC President Dana White should finally put this argument to bed. The new champion will surely face discipline of some type of his actions after the UFC 229 victory, when Nurmagomedov jumped out of the octagon in pursuit of McGregor teammate Dillon Danis. That prevented Dana White and UFC brass from announcing his victory and presenting him with the belt inside the cage, but make no mistake, he is still the champion. What is at stake is his fight purse, which the Nevada Athletic Commission is currently withholding while they investigate the situation. The next step in the undefeated Nurmagomedov's career currently remains a mystery, however. Now 27-0, rumors have surfaced that he would consider retirement, thought that admittedly seems unlikely considering the earnings potential that is at stake. Saturday's pay-per-view is trending towards one of the highest-grossing MMA cards of all time, and McGregor hasn't been shy so far about his request for a rematch. Whether or not that rematch is granted remains to be seen, as Tony Ferguson is very deserving of a lightweight title opportunity after his definitive victory over Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of Saturday's card.