Part Of Tsarukyan And Lopes’ Pay Withheld Following UFC 300

Despite both finding success in their bouts at April’s monumental UFC 300 event, Arman Tsarukyan and Diego Lopes have had portions of their purses withheld due to seemingly minor incidents.

Prior to his well-earned victory over Charles Oliveira on the UFC 300 main card, Tsarukyan spotted a nearby spectator disrespecting him during his walk-out.  The Russian fighter stepped toward the fan and attempted to throw a punch at him. No hard was done thanks to security, but the action clearly did not go unnoticed by the powers that be.

With 20% of his fight purse currently unpaid, Tsarukyan could even face further punishment, although it does not seem that has been decided just yet.

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“He showed me ‘F*ck you’ and he wanted to punch me and I wanted to punch him back,” Tsarukyan said. “That’s it. So guys, no one show me ‘F*ck you.’ It doesn’t matter who you are, I’m going to punch you in the face. You can show me ‘F*ck’ from like 200 meters, I’m not going to punch you. But when you’re close to me, it’s, like automatically, I’m from Russia. Don’t do that, please, or I’m going to go to prison in U.S.”

Meanwhile, Lopes scored an impressive first round knockout of Sodiq Yusuff on the prelims, but then in his excitement jumped over the cage in celebration. Because of this action, the NSAC has held onto 5% of his purse.

It seems the NSAC could pursue further punishment for both fighters. Additionally, their money will not be paid out until a former disciplinary hearing has taken place for each.


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