LAS VEGAS — UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor have been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their roles in the infamous UFC 229 brawl.
Nurmagomedov received nine months, while McGregor received six months. The suspensions are retroactive to the Oct. 6 fight card, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, meaning Nurmagomedov is able to return to the cage as soon as July 6 and McGregor on April 6.
In addition, Nurmagomedov has been ordered to pay a fine of $500,000, while McGregor must pay $50,000. Nurmagomedov’s fine will be withdrawn from the $1 million of his purse still being withheld.
NSAC officials on Tuesday handed down the orders as part of proposed settlement agreements prepared in advance. Nurmagomedov’s passed unanimously; McGregor’s passed with a 4-1 vote. Neither Nurmagomedov nor McGregor were present for the hearing.
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Nurmagomedov, a practicing Muslim, also will take a self-imposed hiatus from competition shortly after his suspension ends to honor Ramadan, which runs from May 5 to June 4 this year. Without a reduction in his suspension, his potential return could be on hold until the fall.
Nurmagomedov set off the wild UFC 229 scene by leaping out of the cage following his fourth-round submission victory over McGregor. “The Eagle” jumped off the cage platform in an attack on McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis. Chaos ensued, with clashes both inside and outside of the octagon.
In separate agreements, two of Nurmagomedov’s cornermen at UFC 229, Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov, each were suspended one year for their roles in the melee.
The suspensions of both Nurmagomedov and McGregor clear the way for them to continue their fighting careers. Nurmagomedov recently named Tony Ferguson and Georges St-Pierre as two ideal opponents inside the cage, with a Floyd Mayweather boxing match as another fight he’d like to have.
McGregor has been flirting with the idea of a fight against veteran Donald Cerrone, who successfully made his return to lightweight earlier this month at UFC on ESPN+ 1.