Conor McGregor has been suspended and Khabib got nothing – literally, nothing, turns out his whole purse may be kept
Conor McGregor has been suspended for a month following the brawl that broke out after the UFC 229 fight. The Irishman submitted to the Russian in the fourth round to fall short in his bid to win the lightweight championship at UFC 229.
Chaotic scenes followed the main event, with Khabib scaling the Octagon before attacking McGregor’s team-mate Dillon Danis.
The decision to suspend McGregor has been made on medical grounds, and he will not be allowed any contact until October 28th. An official line on the list of medical suspensions read:
“Conor McGregor: Suspended until 6/11/18, no contact until 28/10/18.”
Khabib escaped without a suspension after finishing the fight relatively unscathed and passing the medical examinations. However, the Russian is yet to receive his punishment for instigating the post-fight brawl after his win over McGregor.
UFC president Dana White revealed the punishment the 30-year-old may face with fines and a ban in the pipeline.
“I’ve been working for a long time on this sport and on the biggest show ever you don’t want something like this to happen,” White told TMZ.
“But it did happen and we’ll deal with it.
“(The Nevada Athletic Commission) took his whole purse, and they’re talking about keeping his purse”.
“I do not think that should happen.
“They should take a quarter of a million dollars from him but he absolutely keeps his title.
“He’s going to get suspended, so maybe you give him a four to six month suspension.
“If Nevada puts a suspension on him, everybody (in the United States) would put a suspension on him.”
Khabib issued an apology in his post-fight press conference but showed his disdain for McGregor’s behaviour in the build-up to UFC 229.
He said: “First of all I want to say sorry to Nevada Athletic Commission and second to Vegas. I know this is not my best side. I’m a human being.
“But I don’t understand how people can talk about how I jump on the cage.
“He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father.
“He came to Brooklyn and he broke a bus, he almost killed a couple of people. What about this s***? Why do people talk about me jumping over the cage? I don’t understand.
“This is a respectful sport, not a trash-talking sport.
“I want to change the game, you cannot talk about religion, about nationality.”