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Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor received a temporary suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission for their actions following UFC 229 last Saturday, ESPN.com’s Ariel Helwani reported Thursday.
Following his victory over McGregor, Nurmagomedov jumped into the crowd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to fight a member of McGregor’s camp, sparking a brawl that extended inside the Octagon.
During his post-fight press conference, Nurmagomedov told reporters he had been angered by McGregor’s personal attacks during the build to the event, per MMAFighting (warning: NSFW language):
Nurmagomedov: “He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus. He almost kill a couple of people. Worry about this. Worry about this shit. Why people talk about I jump over the cage?” #UFC229
Nurmagomedov: This is respect sport. This is not trash talking sport. I want to change this game. I don’t want people talk shit about opponents, talk shit about his father, religion. You cannot talk about religion, nation, you cannot talk about this stuff #UFC229
One fan also told TMZ Sports that McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis called Nurmagomedov a “f–king Muslim rat” in the arena. Danis’ representatives denied the allegation.
While Nurmagomedov was confronting Danis on the arena floor, McGregor fought with members of Nurmagomedov’s team in the Octagon.
According to Helwani, Nurmagomedov and McGregor’s suspension will begin Monday. The NAC will then meet Oct. 24 to determine whether to suspend the two indefinitely pending an investigation into the brawl. Helwani also reported Nurmagomedov has yet to receive his fight purse.
The UFC lightweight champion posted on Instagram on Thursday that he’d leave the company if UFC fired teammate Zubaira Tukhugov for his role in the brawl. Helwani confirmed UFC removed Tukhugov from his scheduled fight against Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 138 on Oct. 27.