‘These guys are in big trouble’: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s $2million purse is withheld and he could be stripped of his UFC lightweight title for igniting a melee in the wake of his submission victory over Conor McGregor
Russian UFC fighter’s crew set off a post-fight melee at UFC 229 immediately after McGregor submitted to Nurmagomedov’s choke in the fourth round
Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse has been withheld, and he could face fines. McGregor’s $3 million purse has not been withheld
If Nurmagomedov is suspended, he could be stripped of his UFC lightweight title
Three instigators were arrested, but McGregor refused to press charges
The hype around this fight began in April, when McGregor and his crew attack Nurmagomedov and his at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
McGregor threw a hand truck into a bus that contained Nurmagomedov and other UFC fighters, many of whom were left covered in glass
The confrontation led to several injuries and the cancellation of three of UFC 223’s scheduled bouts, not to mention the McGregor’s arrest the following day
Within minutes of cementing himself as a mixed-martial arts superstar by forcing Conor McGregor into submission, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov may have spoiled his briefly promising future by hurdling over the cage and into the crowd to attack his opponent’s cornermen, jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis.
The post-fight attack ignited a melee around the ring as several members of Nurgmagodmedov’s entourage, including cousin and MMA fighter Abubakar Nurmagomedov, jumped into the cage to challenge a defenseless and exhausted McGregor.
Meanwhile Khabib Nurmagomedov continued to pursue Danis before ultimately being corralled by police.
‘These guys are in big trouble,’ UFC President Dana White said.
Executive director Bob Bennett said the Nevada Athletic Commission intends to file a complaint following its investigation into the actions of Nurmagomedov and his team for setting off a post-fight melee at UFC 229 immediately after McGregor submitted to Nurmagomedov’s choke in the fourth round.
Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse has been withheld, and he could face a hefty fine along with a lengthy suspension.
‘Khabib diving over [the cage] was ridiculous,’ White told ESPN. ‘You know, you just won a great fight, you fought brilliantly, you’re about to get the belt on and people are going to respect the fact that you fought well and you won the fight. And instead, you dive over the cage and start this huge melee with Conor’s corner.