08 Nov - 
Khabib teammates, Dillon Danis to go before NSAC on temporary suspensions for UFC 229 brawl

The Nevada State Athletic Commission promised to hold all those involved in the UFC 229 brawl to account, and now the regulator is ready to follow through.

The commission seeks to extend temporary suspensions to members of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team for their roles in the incident, according to an agenda released for the commission’s Nov. 14 meeting in Las Vegas.

The fighters named in the agenda include McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis, Nurmagomedov co-manager Rizvan Magomedov, and teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Zubaira Tukhugov and Esedulla Emiragaev.

Three of the five athletes – Danis, Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Tukhugov – were licensed by the NSAC as corners for the fight. Danis was attacked by Nurmagomedov immediately after the lightweight champ’s fourth-round submission of McGregor, while Khabib’s teammates joined in the brawl after the Irish star leaped onto the octagon fence and hit Abubakar Nurmagomedov.

The agenda doesn’t specify the term of the teammates’ initial suspensions, but Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) and McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) were both issued 10-day terms before the commission extended them through the resolution of disciplinary complaints they’re expected to receive shortly. The commission also withheld $1 million of Nurmagomedov’s disclosed purse.

Three of Nurmagomedov’s teammates were detained following the melee, but McGregor declined to press charges, and they were released. Tukhugov was later removed by the UFC from a fight with McGregor teammate Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 138.

McGregor, Nurmagomedov and their teammates face fines, a potential suspension, and other punishments the NSAC sees fit when they eventually go before the commission. NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell said that while the UFC lightweight champ initiated the brawl, others involved should share in its consequences.

“But for the actions of Mr. Nurmagomedov, none of this would have happened,” Marnell said. “I hope the commission will not just focus on the two fighters in this case, because I think the commission has a history of looking at the actions of corner people, as well.”

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