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NSAC issues statement on Khabib-McGregor post-fight chaos at UFC 229

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Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has issued a statement after Khabib Nurmagomedov sparked a near-riot following his submission win over Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 229 last Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) in Las Vegas, Nevada (see it).

Indeed, “The Eagle” jumped over the Octagon and attacked Dillon Danis, who had been barking at Khabib prior and during the bout. Soon thereafter, all hell broke loose as punches were thrown blindly inches away from observant fans, media and trainers alike, while three of Nurmagomedov’s training partners attacked “Notorious” inside the Octagon.

NSAC had this to say regarding them melee which ultimately was contained thanks to UFC and arena security, as well as Las Vegas police on hand.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s (Commission) primary function is to regulate unarmed combat within the State of Nevada. The events that occurred on October 6, 2018 at the conclusion of the Nurmagomedov-McGregor contest—the main event of UFC 229—are currently under investigation by the Commission’s Executive Director, Bob Bennet. Neither the Commission nor its staff, including Executive Director Bennett, will comment on matters under investigation.

Furthermore, after initially being lead to believe only Khabib and his camp would be investigated for the chaotic scene, the commission confirmed that a formal complaint would also be issued against McGregor for his part in adding fuel to the fire. Per the NSAC chairman, their respective hearings could go down as soon as next month.

As it stands, Khabib’s paycheck of $2 million is still being withheld by NSAC until the investigation is complete. Once it’s released, “The Eagle” can expect to have to fork over a good chunk of his massive payday to the governing body.

He could potentially lose his 155-pound title, as well.