Dana: ‘Unfair’ if Khabib Suspended More Than 1 Year
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will soon come face-to-face with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for their actions in the aftermath of UFC 229.
The NSAC filed formal complaints against both men, and some of their teammates, on Dec. 1. Nurmagomedov, following his submission win over McGregor, jumped over the Octagon and attacked Dillon Danis, who was in McGregor’s corner, setting off the melee. McGregor, meanwhile, fought with Nurmagomedov’s cornermen against the cage.
During a TUF 28 post-fight media scrum, UFC President Dana White was asked about the worst-case scenario for Nurmagomedov, the UFC’s lightweight champion. White knows that Nurmagomedov will face a suspension, but he feels if it were longer than a one-year ban, it would be out of line.
“I can’t see them giving Khabib over a year,” White said. “If it’s over a year, c’mon man. That would not be fair. The whole thing was over in 40 seconds, nobody got touched, nobody got hurt. Nothing happened. I think that the commission has to send a message and I hope it’s not over a year. I don’t think that would be fair.”
Despite the Dec. 10 hearing, White is more focused on the future of the 155-pound division inside the Octagon, professing hopes of booking a Nurmagomedov title defense against Tony Ferguson and a second encounter between McGregor and Dustin Poirier.
“I’ve gotta make fights, no matter who’s here and who’s not,” White said. “I have to make fights, so I will continue to make fights until we find out what the suspensions are and then when the suspensions are laid down, I will still continue to make fights until they come back.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting