Ne­vada reg­u­la­tor sus­pends Khabib, McGre­gor for UFC brawl

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ken Rit­ter

LAS VE­GAS >> UFC fighters Khabib Nur­magome­dov and Conor McGre­gor are be­ing sus­pended by the Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion for a brawl that erupted in­side and out­side the oc­tagon af­ter their light­weight ti­tle fight last week­end in Las Ve­gas, an of­fi­cial said.

Let­ters were sent Wed­nes­day in­form­ing both mixed mar­tial arts fighters that they will be sus­pended for at least 10 days ef­fec­tive Oct. 15, com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive Bob Ben­nett said Thurs­day.

A com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pend­ing and the panel can ex­tend the tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion when it meets Oct. 24, Ben­nett said. Nur­magome­dov and McGre­gor could also ap­peal Ben­nett’s ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion at that time.

Nur­magome­dov, who was praised by Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin dur­ing a meet­ing Wed­nes­day 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 honor 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 McGre­gor.

“It will be clear who and where the blame lies,” At­tar said in a state­ment. “We are fo­cused on the fu­ture.”

Nur­magome­dov’s man­ager, Ali Ab­de­laziz at Dom­i­nance MMA Man­age­ment, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to emails. Ab­de­laziz’s tele­phone was not ac­cept­ing mes­sages.

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

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