UFC stars get sus­pen­sions for af­ter-fight brawl

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UFC stars Khabib Nur­magome­dov and Conor McGre­gor are be­ing sus­pended by the Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion for a brawl in­side and out­side the oc­tagon af­ter their light­weight ti­tle fight last week­end in Las Ve­gas.

Let­ters were sent ear­lier this week in­form­ing both fight­ers that they will be sus­pended for at least 10 days ef­fec­tive from Oc­to­ber 15, said com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive Bob Ben­nett.

A com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pend­ing and the panel can ex­tend the tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion when it meets on Oc­to­ber 24, Ben­nett said. Nur­magome­dov and McGre­gor could also ap­peal the sus­pen­sions.

Nur­magome­dov, who was praised by Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin dur­ing a meet­ing on Thurs­day in Moscow, re­sponded with an an­gry In­sta­gram post say­ing he was be­ing un­fairly pun­ished.

The fighter com­plained that dis­ci­pline didn’t fol­low an in­ci­dent last April in Brook­lyn, New York, when McGre­gor shat­tered win­dows of Nur­magome­dov’s bus with a hand truck af­ter Nur­magome­dov con­fronted one of McGre­gor’s team­mates days ear­lier.

“They could have killed some­one there, why no one says any­thing about in­sult­ing my home­land, re­li­gion, na­tion, fam­ily?” Nur­magome­dov posted.

“We have de­fended our hon­our and this is the most im­por­tant thing. We in­tend to go to the end.”

McGre­gor’s man­ager, Audie At­tar at Par­a­digm Sports Man­age­ment, said he was confident the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will clear his client.

Nur­magome­dov’s man­ager, Ali Ab­de­laziz at Dom­i­nance MMA Man­age­ment, did not re­spond.

Fighting erupted out­side the oc­tagon last Sun­day, af­ter McGre­gor (21-4) tapped out dur­ing a choke­hold by Nur­magome­dov (27-0) in the fourth round of UFC 229 at T-Mo­bile Arena.

The Rus­sian cham­pion from Dages­tan then stepped away from

McGre­gor, climbed over the cage and scuf­fled with a fighter in the Ir­ish­man’s cor­ner.

Mem­bers of Nur­magome­dov’s en­tourage climbed into the oc­tagon and at­tacked McGre­gor, and McGre­gor also tried to climb out of the cage dur­ing the brawl.

Nur­magome­dov’s US$2 mil­lion for the fight has been with­held by the com­mis­sion pend­ing the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Ben­nett said. McGre­gor re­ceived his US$3 mil­lion purse.

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