UFC 229 was an absolutely wild night in…and unfortunately outside of the Octagon. The bad blood between the event’s headliners ended up boiling over.
Because of that, we saw the champion Khabib Nurmagomedov immediately take flight after his successful fourth round title defense against Conor McGregor as he jumped into the crowd to attack McGregor’s teammate, Bellator welterweight Dillon Danis.
This would then start the beginning of a small skirmish between the camps that led to each fighters removal from the Octagon.
Fines and suspensions are expected to be handed out to Nurmagomedov as well as other UFC fighters that were involved are expected to be released from the organization. Nurmagomedov’s $2 million fight purse also remains withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission which will soon be handing out punishments for both Nurmagomedov and McGregor as chairman Anthony Marnell told ESPN.
“We will be filing against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Because we withheld one purse, we will have to move expeditiously to a complaint and hearing. We have held 100 percent of one of the fighter’s money, so the goal is to get the complaints out in the next 24 to 48 hours.
There are a lot of things here. There are a lot of charges that can be brought against a spectator who came over the barricade, through the commission section, and into the Octagon to strike a fighter three times. For the record, I have a massive problem with that. That can not happen.
We’re taking a really hard look at that gentleman [that struck McGregor]. We know exactly who he is and where he is. I have to let the attorney general determine — is that trespassing, disturbing the peace? That was a serious action and it deserves a serious consequence.”
As for if Nurmagomedov will end up getting a fine or a suspension, Marnell says that both are likely the result he’ll be getting. For how long remains to be determined.
“Both. It’s always both. We could do one or the other, but at least in the chair’s mind, I think the commission will be entertaining a recommendation from the attorney general that will include both.
This is a serious issue, this is not a light issue. This isn’t, ‘We smacked each other in the face in a hotel lobby the week of a fight.’ This is the night of the event, and it needs to stay inside that field of combat. There are serious regulations and statutes about what took place, and the consequences have to match the actions.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/8/2018