January 30, 2019

Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight next in October-November of 2019

Nevada State Athletic Commission finally made a decision on a brawl which took place after Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor fight at the UFC 229 event in Las Vegas. After his dominating win over the Irishman, Khabib jumped outside of the cage and attacked Conor McGregor’s sparring partner Dillon Danis. At the same, Khabib’s teammates jumped inside the octagon and went after McGregor itself.

Well, NSAC’s decision was predictable. They suspended both fighters – Khabib Nurmagomedov is suspended for 9 months, Conor McGregor for 6 months. Khabib also got $500,000 fine, Conor – only $50,000.

Khabib’s tweet to NSAC’s verdict:

This suspension is not a big deal at all as it’s starts from October 6 when the brawl actually happened. Which means Khabib could return to the Octagon on July 6 and Conor’s already on April 6. Nurmagomedov’s suspension could also be reduced to 6 months if he’ll participate in Nevada’s anti-bullying campaign (it’s unlikely Khabib will do it because he doesn’t care if its 6 or 9-month suspension).

Khabib’s cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov and his training partner Zubaira Tukhugov were also suspended – for one year each until October 6 of 2019 and they got $25,000 fines. The situation with Zubaira Tukhugov is especially interesting because of Khabib’s earlier ultimatum to Dana White that he will leave UFC if he fires Tukhugov. It looks like Dana White had to back off on this one as he still didn’t fire Tukhugov and he only got a one-year suspension from Nevada State Athletic Commission.

So, what’s next for McGregor and Nurmagomedov? Conor McGregor will be able to fight again on April 6 so it is very much possible his next fight will be happening late in the spring or early in the summer. A rematch versus Khabib is out of the question at this point but it looks like a fight with “Cowboy” Cerrone is in everyone’s interest and there were rumors that this fight is already in the works.

Khabib, on the other hand, is not in a rush to fight. Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz said that Khabib won’t fight until the end of Zubaira Tukhugov’s suspension which means he’ll be back at the earliest in October of 2019. It’s also known that Khabib being a devout Muslim never fights in the summer during the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid holiday that followed.

It will make a lot of sense if Nurmagomedov’s next fight will take place at some point in October, November or maybe even December of 2019 depending on UFC’s schedule. What we know is that Khabib’s next fight will likely be held at the Madison Square Garden Arena in New York – he had enough of Las Vegas 🙂 Khabib’s next opponent is still unknown as of now.

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