The Eagle’s Feather’s Have Definitely Been Ruffled… Khabib Nurmagamedov and His Team Members Are Furious After the Russian UFC Lightweight Champion Was Fined 10 Times More Than Conor McGregor for His Role in the UFC 229 Brawl…
Khabib Nurmagamedov and his crew are some of the tightest teammates in MMA today. Fighters, their training partners and their coaches are basically like a family. For Khabib, growing up and living in the harsh surroundings of Dagestan, his code of honour goes beyond fame and riches.
It’s just as well because he’s going to have to spill some of those riches if he wants to return to the octagon. He was suspended retroactively for 9 months (with the possibility of a reduction to 6) and hit with a massive $500,000 fine. Meanwhile, Conor McGregor was banned for 6 months and fined only $50,000.
Unsurprisingly, Khabib and his crew have not responded very well to the news that the champion was fined 10 times more than ‘The Notorious.’ Check out some of their reactions below.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 29, 2019
Khabib is not one for many words, and he only had one to tweet after the Nevada Athletic Commission released their verdict on Tuesday, in Las Vegas. As you can see above, he tweeted:
What exactly he’s trying to say here is kind of cryptic. Unless he means that he can’t afford a legal team as good as McGregor’s, or that the UFC put in more effort behind the scenes to get McGregor off lighter, we can only guess. Anyway, one thing is certain: he’s not a happy man right now. To be fair to the NAC, Khabib did instigate the brawl by jumping off the cage at Dillon Danis.
Meanwhile, Ali Abdelaziz, Khabib’s ever-outspoken manager, was also deeply dissatisfied by the NAC’s verdict. The commission fined Khabib’s cousin Abubakar and his training partner Zubaira Tukhugov $25,000 and suspended both men for one year. Abdelaziz wasn’t impressed with the fine:
“I don’t think it’s fair. Khabib gets $500k and Conor gets $50k? I think it’s bullsh*t.”
Although he accepted the length of Khabib’s ban, he was less happy with the one-year suspensions for the Russian’s teammates. Both men will be out of action until at least November. Incidentally, Tukhugov only returned to action in 2018 after a two year USADA suspension for a PED violation. Abdelaziz said this to ESPN:
“That’s fair. They’ll both get six months. But for his teammates, it’s too much.”
While it’s natural to feel aggrieved, the NAC reached their conclusions based on the evidence before them. At the end of the day, Khabib DID start the brawl by jumping off the cage onto Dillon Danis. Meanwhile, Abubakar and Tukugov did enter the cage and threaten Conor McGregor, who had just been badly beaten up.
It’s actually highly likely that if McGregor didn’t have some previous history with the NAC, he would actually have got fined and suspended for an even shorter period. Khabib will pay a total of $750,000 pounds as he will cover his teammate’s costs and $200,000 in legal fees. Ouch.