Nur­magome­dov won't be stripped of MMA ti­tle - UFC boss

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LOS AN­GE­LES -- Un­beaten Khabib Nur­magome­dov will not be stripped of his UFC light­weight ti­tle de­spite his role in a post-match brawl Satur­day, UFC pres­i­dent Dana White said in a web­site post­ing Tues­day.

The 30-year-old Rus­sian kept his crown with a fourth-round sub­mis­sion vic­tory over Ire­land's Conor McGre­gor in Las Ve­gas, im­prov­ing to 27-0 in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer and 11-0 in UFC bouts.

McGre­gor was is­sued a 30-day com­pe­ti­tion sus­pen­sion by the Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion (NAC) after the bout, among sev­eral short-term bans for fighters on the card in what is a com­mon move after MMA bouts, with no con­tact al­lowed un­til Oc­to­ber 28 be­fore McGre­gor's ban ex­pires Novem­ber 6.

Nur­magome­dov had barely re­leased his hold after McGre­gor tapped out when he launched him­self over the Oc­tagon fence, ap­par­ently tar­get­ing McGre­gor's train­ing part­ner, Dil­lon Da­nis, as se­cu­rity tried to quell the chaos in the crowd.

Nur­magome­dov was hus­tled out sur­rounded by se­cu­rity of­fi­cers as a proMcGre­gor crowd jeered and threw drinks at him.

While UFC pres­i­dent Dana White did not present Nur­magome­dov the ti­tle belt, fear­ing arous­ing the crowd's ire, he told TMZ in video posted on the UFC web­site that the Rus­sian would not be stripped of the ti­tle and any pu­n­ish­ment for the melee after UFC 229 would likely come from the NAC not the UFC.

"He ab­so­lutely keeps his ti­tle," White said. "And he's go­ing to get sus­pended (by the NAC), so maybe you give him a four-to-six month sus­pen­sion."

White said the NAC has not given Nur­magome­dov his prize money pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the sit­u­a­tion and could im­pose a fine for his ac­tions.

"(The NAC) took his whole purse right now and they are talk­ing about keep­ing his purse. I do not think that that should hap­pen," White said. "You should not be able to keep his whole purse."

White said he thought the NAC should take a $250,000 fine.

White told TMZ payper-view record MMA sales num­bers above two mil­lion buys for the show made him "a lit­tle giddy" but he added that Nur­magome­dov made the wrong de­ci­sion to en­ter the crowd after a heck­ler from McGre­gor's camp.

"I don't think there's too many peo­ple who don't un­der­stand why he did it, but he shouldn't have done it," White said. "He's the world cham­pion. He just beat Conor in front of the en­tire world. Stand up, get that belt wrapped around you. You won. The guy who's yelling at you means noth­ing."

White wasn't sure what the fu­ture held for Nur­magome­dov as far as op­po­nents. McGre­gor says he wants a re­match but the NAC must rule first on just when the un­de­feated cham­pion can re­turn to the Oc­tagon.

"We have to see how this stuff plays out with Khabib," White said.

(Said Tsar­nayev, Reuters)

Rus­sia's Khabib Nur­magome­dov, UFC light­weight cham­pion who de­feated Conor McGre­gor of Ire­land in the main event of UFC 229, speaks dur­ing the cer­e­mony of hon­our­ing him at Anzhi Arena in Kaspiysk, a city in the repub­lic of Dages­tan, Rus­sia Oc­to­ber 8, 2018. Pic­ture taken Oc­to­ber 8, 2018.

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