Nurmagomedov, McGregor Remain Suspended, Commission Releases Part of Fight Purse

The Nevada Commission upheld suspensions for both Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor pending a full hearing that will likely take place in December

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will remain suspended until a full disciplinary hearing can be held by the Nevada Athletic Commission later this year.

On Wednesday, the commission voted unanimously to uphold indefinite suspensions for both Nurmagomedov and McGregor for their roles in the post fight brawl that exploded after UFC 229 ended on Oct. 6.

The indefinite suspensions will remain in place until a full disciplinary hearing is held with Dec. 10 as the most likely date with both Nurmagomedov and McGregor being required to appear in person before the Nevada Commission.

The brawl broke out following Nurmagomedov’s fourth round submission win as he leapt over the cage to go after McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, who was reportedly shouting at him during and after the fight ended.

McGregor then jumped on top of the cage as well before being involved in a brawl inside the Octagon with three of Nurmagomedov’s teammates.

As a result, the fighters have been suspended pending the full disciplinary hearing.

The commission also added per state law in Nevada, they could fine Nurmagomedov and McGregor 100-percent of their purses — including pay-per-view revenue — as well as issue lifetime bans for their roles in the brawl.

It’s highly unlikely the commission will penalize either fighter that severely for their roles in the brawl but obviously it is an option.

The commission also voted to release half of Nurmagomedov’s purse — $1 million — and withhold the other half until a full disciplinary hearing is held. Nurmagomedov had his entire $2 million purse held on the night of the fight and he will now receive half of that money so he’s able to pay his coaches, corner men and management team pending the full hearing that will likely take place in December.

“I have felt half was a good enough amount of money, to release a million dollars, that should cover all expenses, give the fighter some money, but at the same time, it’s still a very substantial amount of money to be withheld until we can get to the case in December and get all of the testimony or potentially we get a settlement agreement, who knows how that will go over the next 60 days, but it’s enough money to keep this contestant’s interest in this hearing,” Nevada commission chairman Anthony Marnell said on Wednesday.

For now, Nurmagomedov and McGregor will remain suspended until they appear before the commission with a planned hearing on Dec. 10 in Las Vegas.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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