NSAC Blame UFC 229 Brawl On Managers
At Wednesday’s hearing regarding the UFC 229 brawl between the teams of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director, Bob Bennett, puts blame on the managers as much as the fighters.
“You should know that the Nevada State Athletic Commission made a concerted effort on two independent occasions to speak with both managers of both fighters and tell them, ‘Listen, we don’t want any problems during the ceremonial weigh-in and at the end of the fight,’” Bennett told MMAjunkie. “I specifically spoke with them.
“We didn’t want to be in a position that we’re in today had they would have managed their fighters in a professional manner. Unfortunately, they didn’t take heed to my comments, and that’s why we’re here today.”
McGregor is managed by Audie Attar and Dominance MMA founder Ali Abdelaziz, who was a pointed target of McGregor’s scorn leading up to the October showdown at the T-Mobile Arena.
While Abdelaziz would blast McGregor on social media, McGregor’s manager Attar would tell MMAJunkie that: “We respect the commission and the work they are doing. Our belief is that once they finish their investigation, the commission will conclude that this situation was caused by the dangerous and unprofessional actions of Khabib and that they will discipline Khabib accordingly.”
NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell claimed during Wednesday’s hearing that anyone who was licensed in connection with the event and participated in the brawl faces potential punishment.
Quotes Via MMA Junkie