BANS LOOM FOR MCGRE­GOR, NUR­MAGOME­DOV – RE­PORTS

Manila Times - - Sports -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Conor McGre­gor and Khabib Nur­magome­dov will be tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended on Mon­day ahead of a Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion hear­ing and in­ves­ti­ga­tion into last week­end’s post-fight brawl, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports Fri­day (Satur­day in Manila).

Bob Ben­nett, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the com­mis­sion, said a tem­po­rary ban would be put into place Mon­day ahead of the group’s Oc­to­ber 24 meet­ing, which would fea­ture a hear­ing on whether or not the mixed mar­tial arts fight­ers should be in­def­i­nitely sus­pended pend­ing the re­sults of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the af­ter­math of the UFC melee Oc­to­ber 6.

Un­beaten Rus­sian Nur­magome­dov re­tained his UFC light­weight crown, beat­ing McGre­gor by fourth-round sub­mis­sion, then climbed out of the Oc­ta­gan to fight with a mem­ber of McGre­gor’s en­tourage who had been taunt­ing him. McGre­gor also ex­changed punches with mem­bers of Nur­magome­dov’s team.

Nur­magome­dov, who has yet to re­ceive his full prize money for the fight, is ex­pected to be pun­ished for start­ing the post-fight melee, but UFC pres­i­dent Dana White says he will keep his ti­tle.

AFP PHOTO

Conor McGre­gor of Ire­land (left) laughs af­ter the sec­ond round of his UFC light­weight cham­pi­onship bout against Khabib Nur­magome­dov dur­ing the UFC 229 at the T-Mo­bile Arena on Oc­to­ber 6, in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada.

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