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Dana White: Khabib ‘absolutely keeps his title’ following UFC 229 melee

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, according to his above conversation with TMZ, is in a much better mood than he was last Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) in the aftermath of the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s because the drama surrounding the post-event melee (watch it), which included impromptu brawls with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, is slowly but surely dissipating, leaving more logical approaches to the future of the lightweight division.

Which appears to remain unchanged.

“He absolutely keeps his title,” White said. “And he’s going to get suspended, so maybe you give him a four-to-six month suspension. We have to see how this stuff plays out with Khabib and what’s next. Tony Ferguson looked amazing that night, that fight was incredible, so we’ll see what happens.”

Ferguson stopped Anthony Pettis in the UFC 229 co-main event (video).

Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has yet to decide what punishments will be handed down, but Nurmagomedov is expected to sit out for at least four-to-six months. Considering how slow the division moves, at least in terms of title shots, that gap is about normal ‘round these parts.

As for McGregor’s plans for a rematch after getting submitted by “The Eagle” in the fourth round of their lightweight title bout (highlights), there’s always this fight to keep him busy while he’s waiting.