Nurmagomedov and McGregor both to face NAC complaints
Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Anthony Marnell told ESPN staff writer Brett Okamoto that the NAC will file formal complaints against both Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor for their actions immediately after UFC 229 on Saturday night. The commission withheld Nurmagomedov's $2 million, but released McGregor's $3 million.
"We will be filing against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov," said Marnell. "Because we withheld one purse, we will have to move expeditiously to a complaint and hearing. We have held 100 percent of one of the fighter's money. Temporary suspensions will be out shortly, and we're shooting for a final hearing date in November."
The two fighters are no the sole participants in prohibited behavior. A figure in red vaulted into the cage, and struck McGregor.
"TThere are a lot of charges that can be brought against a spectator who came over the barricade, through the commission section, and into the Octagon to strike a fighter three times," explained Marnell. "For the record, I have a massive problem with that. That cannot happen. We're taking a really hard look at that gentleman. We know exactly who he is and where he is. I have to let the attorney general determine -- is that trespassing, disturbing the peace? That was a serious action and it deserves a serious consequence."
Marnell was asked if Nurmagomedov is facing a fine or a suspension.
"Both," replied. "It's always both. We could do one or the other, but at least in the chair's mind, I think the commission will be entertaining a recommendation from the attorney general that will include both."
"This is a serious issue, this is not a light issue,. This isn't, 'We smacked each other in the face in a hotel lobby the week of a fight.' This is the night of the event, and it needs to stay inside that field of combat. There are serious regulations and statutes about what took place, and the consequences have to match the actions."