Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov will not be stripped of his UFC lightweight title despite his role in a post-match brawl Saturday, UFC president Dana White said in a website posting Tuesday. According to sources, McGregor was hit repeatedly in the rear of the head by another MMA fighter who entered the octagon from the stands.
Nurmagomedov had barely released his hold after McGregor tapped out when he launched himself over the Octagon fence, apparently targeting McGregor's training partner, Dillon Danis, as security tried to quell the chaos in the crowd.
The athletic Commission of Nevada (NSAC) has suspended the Irish fighter of the mixed style of Conor McGregor from fighting for a period of one month.
"The pay-per-view numbers are starting to roll in, so I'm in a much better mood than I was on Saturday", White said to TMZ Sports.
After all the trash talk and bad blood surrounding the fight, the first round of the biggest fight in UFC history saw an expected cagey beginning from both men, with Khabib perhaps starting the brighter of the two, scoring a takedown that seemed to trouble McGregor. But it is actually amusing, I was just thinking about this, you know that right hand, if you showed it to a boxing coach he would say "That's frightful. They should not be able to keep his whole purse".
"I don't think there are too many people that don't understand why he did it but he shouldn't have done it", White said. "He's the world champion".
"We will be filing against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov", chairman of the NSAC, Anthony Marnell, told ESPN.
Dagestan native Khabib now moves his impressive undefeated streak to 27-0, while McGregor is set back to 21-4 after failing to win back the lightweight title he won back in 2016 before taking a two-year absence from the octagon.
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