Nurmagomedov Rejects NSAC PSA Offer

Tanya Simon
February 9, 2019

McGregor is now banned from fighting after the Nevada Athletic State Commission (NSAC) gave him a six-month backdated ban for the role he played in the post-fight brawls that marred his UFC 229 loss to Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, claimed that his fighter will no longer compete in Las Vegas as a result of the sanctions, including the one-year suspensions given to training partners Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov got into McGregor's face after submitting him in the fourth round before jumping out of the Octagon to attack members of the Irish superstar's team.

Nurmagomedov can reduce his ban to six months if he takes part in an anti-bullying campaign.

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Nurmagomedov has taken issue with the NSAC's harsh stance on the melee, pointing out the fact that the state of Nevada doesn't exactly have the most virtuous reputation. "Let them work on themselves".

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The full-length of his suspension would keep Nurmagomedov out until July, but the Dagestani champion has his eyes set on returning in November for the UFC's annual card at Madison Square Garden. As for McGregor, he will pay $50,000 and serve a six-month suspension. During an interview with Russian media outlet Sportbox, Nurmagomedov thinks Ferguson and Poirier will fight for the interim title (translated by RT Sport).

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Interestingly, Khabib believes that the MMA organisation should create an interim title while he is away from the octagon. "It could be between Poirier and Ferguson", said Nurmagomedov.

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