Khabib Nurmagomedov faces 9-month suspension, $500,000 fine for UFC 229 brawl

Khabib Nurmagomedov faces a nine-month suspension and a $500,000 fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl with Conor McGregor’s camp.

Nurmagomedov’s suspension is retroactive to October 6th. The Dagestan fighter’s team reached a settlement with the NAC prior to the hearing, which was approved by the commission’s panel.

Khabib’s suspension could be cut to six months if he participates in a state anti-bullying campaign, which would see him film a PSA for Nevada.

Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov, Khabib’s teammates who were involved in the mass brawl, were both served retroactive one-year suspensions and fines of $25,000.

The brawl occurred shortly after Nurmagomedov’s fourth-round submission win over McGregor to retain his lightweight championship.

With both fighters’ careers put on hold awaiting this NAC hearing after the post-fight melee, it’s unclear who each man will face next.

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes is an MMA writer who has covered the sport since 2013 for publications such as Vice Sports, Fightland, Sherdog and now Fighters Only, where he serves as freelance digital editor.