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Barring formal apology, Khabib done fighting in Las Vegas, plans 2020 return to UFC in New York

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is done fighting in Las Vegas until he gets a formal apology from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), following its “harsh” treatment of “The Eagle” back in January.

How harsh? $500,000 in cash and nine months on the bench.

That’s what it cost Nurmagomedov for jumping over the cage at UFC 229, following his submission victory over Conor McGregor (watch it). “Notorious,” along with Dillon Danis and select members of the goon squad were also fined and suspended.

Yes, he’s still mad.

I guess we can forget about that “Notorious” rematch.

When Nurmagomedov does return from his extended absence, which comes on the heels of his submission victory over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 last August, “The Eagle” is expected to make his next title defense against longtime rival, Tony Ferguson.

Unless Georges St-Pierre pulls another fast one.

As for McGregor, his next fight is expected to be at the UFC pay-per-view (PPV) on Jan. 18 in — you guessed it — Las Vegas. An opponent is not official at this time, but all signs point to longtime lightweight “Cowboy,” Donald Cerrone.

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