mma / News

NSAC Reduces Suspensions for Khabib Nurmagomedov Teammates, Nurmagomedov Set to be Open for Title Bout at UFC 242 in September

May 23, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Khabib Nurmagomedov

ESPN reports that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has reduced the suspensions for the teammates of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov due to the post-fight brawl that took place after the UFC 229 main event. NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett has confirmed that Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov had their one-year suspensions dropped by 35 days due to a community service agreement that was approved at a recent NSAC meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Additionally, the report notes that the UFC is looking to set up a deal for champ Nurmagomedov to defend his title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. The card is slated for September 7 in Abu Dhabi. Previously, Nurmagomedov said he would not fight until his teammates were clear of their suspensions. The suspension reduction would put Nurmagomedov as able to fight around that September period.

By comparison, Nurmagomedov was suspended for nine months for his role in the post-fight incident. Speaking on the subject, Nurmagomedov and Tukhugov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz stated, “We are close on Khabib’s next fight. I need to meet with [UFC president] Dana White soon, but we will hopefully have some news to announce very soon.”

He added,”If everything goes according to plan, I believe Khabib’s next fight after Dustin will be against [currently retired] Georges St-Pierre in December for the lightweight title and undisputed greatest of all time. Khabib cares about legacy, and how can you say any other fight would mean more to his legacy than this?”

Bennett stated that the agreement to reduce the suspension was “fair and equitable” after he was contacted by the fighter representatives about reducing their punishments. Bennett then put forth the agreement to NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell III to the commissions this week.

Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov now have to perform 10 hours of community service to be approved by the NSAC. It has to be constructive work with youth, including self-defense classes and anti-bullying messages. Khabib Nurmagomedov also posted the following message on his Instagram account: