McGregor Facing Commission Investigation
The fallout of the UFC 229 riot continues, as not only will Khabib Nurmagomedov face a complaint from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so will Conor McGregor.
In an interview with ESPN on Monday, Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Anthony Marnell claimed that they are investigating both fighters and have seen new tape that seems to implicate McGregor being a more active participant in the brawl that started with Nurmagomedov diving onto McGregor teammate Dillon Danis.
“We will be filing against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov,” Marnell said. “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, so the goal is to get the complaints out in the next 24 to 48 hours.”
“There are a lot of things here,” Marnell said. “There 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. 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.”
“Both,” Marnell said to the World Wide Leader after he was asked if the lightweight champion faced a fine or a suspension. “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,” Marnell said. “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.”
Initial Report: ESPN