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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov receive special treatment, get excused from today’s NSAC hearing

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UPDATE: NSAC has ruled against Nurmagomedov and McGregor. To see their respective fines and suspensions click HERE and HERE.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor, along with the combatant who took his place atop the 155-pound throne, Khabib Nurmagomedov, will not be attending today’s hearing with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

I guess this strategy worked.

That’s because “Notorious” and “The Eagle” were able to cut a deal with the regulatory body that would leave them both overseas, while representatives presented their respective settlements to be voted on today (Tues., Jan. 29, 2019) inside Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jon Jones, however, will be forced to appear, according to a report from Las Vegas Review-Journal.

McGregor fell to Nurmagomedov by way of submission in their lightweight title fight in the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back in October, then continued to throw hands after the horn sounded, thanks to some extracurricular activity involving Dillon Danis.

No word yet on what their proposed settlements entail, but fines are almost guaranteed and suspensions are certainly a possibility, though more so in the case of Nurmagomedov, who started the post-fight brawl by leaping over the cage to attack Danis.

As for Jones, he’ll be on hand to explain to the commission why he keeps testing positive for trace amounts of Turinabol. Depending on how well he presents his case, “Bones” will be approved to compete against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March.

We’ll find out when NSAC meets today at 12 p.m. ET.