Conor McGregor finally made his long-awaited return to the UFC octagon for 229 but it didn’t go as planned. He was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov midway through the 4th round with his rare naked choke. The result sparked chaos as Nurmagomedov escaped the cage and created a riot in the arena. McGregor was attacked by a few members of Khabib’s team inside the Octagon. Whatever happened after the fight has become a controversy instead of the results of the fight itself.
Nurmagomedov performed extremely well in the UFC lightweight title fight but his stunning results were overshadowed by the brawl that resulted in 3 arrests. However, they were released later on. So here is what happened. Khabib jumped over the Octagon as soon as the fight ended hurtling McGregor who ran towards the corner and climbed up the stage. He started attacking Bellator welterweight Dillon Danis, McGregor’s training partner. Meanwhile, 2 of his team members gathered around McGregor, taking advantage of the situation. One threw a punch that got deflected. The other member struck him in the back of his head.
Police had to get involved to separate the men and put the brawl to an end. Both the fighters were given police escort out of the T-Mobile arena. Dana White, UFC president, decided not to present with his belt due to security concerns.
A lot of people were shocked over what happened and the fact that Khabib isn’t banned. But the commission didn’t let go of this turmoil just like that. Nurmagomedov is going to face discipline from the NAC (Nevada Athletic Commission) over what he did. But he isn’t the only one who is facing a complaint from the commission. This news was confirmed by the NAC Executive Director, Bob Bennett.
Nurmagomedov’s $2 million reward money has been withheld by the commission. However, McGregor’s reward which is $3 million was not withheld.
Wondering why the commission decided to file a complaint against McGregor? This happened after reviewing the tape, which wasn’t available at the fight night. According to the footage, McGregor threw a punch at a man as he climbed onto of the cage. The disciplinary hearing for both fighters will be held by the end of November. The police made it clear on Monday that no arrests were made and one wanted to press charges against each other.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov both will be facing suspension from the Nevada commission along with a fine. White also said that there are also chances that Nurmagomedov could be stripped of the title if he is suspended for long.