PICS: Conor McGregor Mocks Team Khabib After Suspension and Fine

By Dazzler

Conor McGregor is Much Happier Than His Counterpart Khabib Nurmagamedov After the NAC Fined the Russian Champion Ten Times More Than the Notorious… McGregor Has Finally Issued a Public Reaction…

The Nevada Athletic Commission had a busy day on Tuesday when they finally issued their penalties for most of the participants of the UFC 229 brawl. Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagamedov, Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagamedov were all fined and retroactively suspended by the NAC for their roles in the event that took place in October. Meanwhile, Jon Jones was also granted a licence to fight by the commission.

Khabib’s punishment stole the headlines. He was fined 10 times more than McGregor. The Notorious was hit with a penalty of $50,000 and suspended for 6 months. Meanwhile, Khabib was hit with a very heavy $500,000 fine and suspended for 9 months, with the option of a reduction if he takes part in an anti-bullying programme. Assuming he does, both men will be eligible to return in April.

Now McGregor has released a couple of tweets, responding to his punishment. Let’s just say he’s not that bothered about it.

Thankful

In words that are sure to rub salt into Khabib’s wounded pride, McGregor actually had the cheek to tell the NAC that he was thankful for how they handled the investigation. Of course he is. $50,000 is how much he’d spend on a new watch for crying out loud. The man has only just bought a new yacht for $5.4million. McGregor wrote:

“I am thankful for the Nevada athletic commissions fair assessment and handling of the brawl incident. It was not my intention to land the final blow of the night on my opponent’s blood relative. It’s just how it played out. I look forward to competing again soon. Thank you all.”

Straight Jab

Say what you like about McGregor, the man knows how to market himself. He’s taken advantage of this moment to try and change the narrative about him getting brutalized by Khabib, into that of a warrior taking on two attackers and surviving. He followed up his initial tweet with a breakdown of how he punched the onrushing Abubakar:

“Straight left hand inside the attackers jab. He attempted to use the big security guard that’s in all the movies as cover, but I could smell him a mile away and landed flush down the pipe. The final blow of the night UFC 229 in association with McGregor Sports and Entertainment.”

Conor McGregor in his Rolls-Royce. Mandatory Credit: Instagram.

Next Up…

Now that McGregor’s latest legal battle is over, the UFC and the Irishman will be able to plan for his eventual return. He was never likely to return before the summer, regardless of whether he was suspended or not, so the suspension won’t affect him in any way.

If McGregor didn’t have a history with the NAC, thanks to his bottle-throwing incident with Nate Diaz, it’s likely he would have escaped with an even lighter punishment. Now he can concentrate on finding his next opponent, with Donald Cerrone, Max Holloway and even a rematch with Khabib all potential options.