On Tuesday afternoon, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) convened to determine the punishments of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov were being disciplined for the brawl that occurred after their UFC 229 fight, which also involved McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, and Nurmagomedov’s teammates Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov.
Khabib Nurmagomedov received his punishment first. He was hit with a $500,000 fine, and a nine-month suspension — which can be reduced to six months if he completes an anti-bullying campaign.
Conor McGregor received his sentencing next. He was given a much smaller $50,000 fine and a six-month suspension.
Unsurprisingly, these starkly differing punishments for Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor generated some interesting reactions from the MMA community.
Here are some of the best reactions:
Both fighters’ suspensions are retroactive to the day of their offense. This means that McGregor will be able to fight in April, and Nurmagomedov will too if he completes the aforementioned anti-bullying campaign.
That being said, Nurmagomedov’s team has stated that he does not plan to compete until Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who were each suspended for one year, are eligible to fight again. In other words, it could be some time before the lightweight champion is back in our lives.
What was your reaction to the punishments of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov? Do you think these punishments are just?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/29/2019.