Nurmagomedov Rejects NSAC PSA Offer
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov appears to have rejected the offer from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to take part in a PSA and have his suspension time reduced.
Nurmagomedov was suspended nine months by the NSAC and fined $500,000 for his actions as part of the UFC 229 brawl that occurred in the aftermath of the main event between him and rival Conor McGregor. Nurmagomedov got into McGregor’s face after submitting him in the fourth round before jumping out of the Octagon to attack members of the Irish superstar’s team.
The NSAC offered Nurmagomedov the chance to reduce his suspension to six months by partaking in an anti-bullying PSA. However, it appears he will not take the commission up on their offer.
“[The NSAC] said to take part in a social campaign… the state of Nevada is a place where they allow drugs, prostitution and gambling,” Nurmagomedov said in a recent session with expedition company Nord Desant (via SportBox). “Let them work on themselves [and their own behavior]. There were fighters who didn’t fight for two years and didn’t have their belts taken for a year and a half. I’m ready to fight, they were the ones who banned me.”
The full-length of his suspension would keep Nurmagomedov out until July, but the Dagestani champion has his eyes set on returning in November for the UFC’s annual card at Madison Square Garden. Manager Ali Abdelaziz says this punishment, and the one-year suspensions given to teammates Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov (Khabib’s cousin), has Khabib finished with the idea of ever fighting in Las Vegas again.
UFC President Dana White admits he feels Khabib’s punishment from the NSAC is “a little harsh.” McGregor, in comparison, received a six-month ban and $50,000 fine, along with a warning that future trash-talking and antics could result in more punishments.
With Nurmagomedov out for the short-term future, the UFC may opt to make an interim title fight. Nurmagomedov can see this being the case, feeling the UFC could create a fight between Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier for the interim title, with him facing the winner in New York this November.
“I think that they will create an interim title. It could be between [Dustin] Poirier and [Tony] Ferguson,” Khabib said. “Whoever wins will become the interim champion, and then at the end of the year we will fight for the real belt. I think that could happen. [But] at the moment I don’t know for sure.”
Original Story: MMA Mania