Khabib’s Manager Blasts Khabib’s $500K Fine
While Ali Abdelaziz feels the punishment fits the crime for Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s suspensions, the UFC lightweight champion’s manager has come out against the discrepancy in the amount McGregor was fined and what Nurmagomedov was issued.
On Tuesday the Nevada Athletic Commission would issue Nurmagomedov a nine-month suspension and McGregor a six-month suspension for their role in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229 on October 6th.
Even though Nurmagomedov’s suspension could be reduced to six-months if he does an anti-bullying PSA in conjunction with the commission, the champion has been fined $500,000 in comparison to McGregor who received $50,000.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Abdelaziz told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “Khabib gets $500k and Conor gets $50k? I think it’s bulls**t.”
Nurmagomedov would jump out of the Octagon on October 6th, attacking McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis following his fourth round win over McGregor at UFC 229. That move by the winning fighter would create a brawl that would see Nurmagomedov’s teammates Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, lead away in handcuffs.
Both fighters would be given given one-year suspensions and $25,000 fines for their roles in the brawl.
“That’s fair. They’ll both get six months,” Abdelaziz said of Khabib and McGregor’s suspensions. “But for his teammates, it’s too much.”