This week goes from bad to worse for Conor McGregor after being suspended by the UFC following his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Irishman has been slapped with a one-month suspension on medical grounds and will not be allowed to fight until November 6, with “no contact” allowed until October 28.
The Notorious failed in his bid to become lightweight champion at UFC 229 in the early hours of Sunday morning after a fourth round submission loss to Nurmagomedov.
The event was marred by a brawl that broke out after McGregor tapped out in the fourth round, which started when Khabib jumped out of the Octagon and attacked McGregor’s team-mate Dillon Danis.
However, an investigation is currently underway as to whether the 30 year-old mixed martial artist actually threw the first punch in the melee that overshadowed the event.
An official line on the list of medical suspensions reads: “Conor McGregor: Suspended until 6/11/18, no contact until 28/10/18.”
Medical suspensions are actually pretty common in the UFC and take into account the severity of the damage sustained by the fighter throughout the fight.
Despite the brawl, Conor declined to press charges and instead took to Twitter to congratulate his opponent on the win before looking ahead to a potential rematch.
Khabib also issued an apology in his post-fight press conference but went on to explain why he went at McGregor’s camp.
He said: “First of all I want to say sorry to Nevada Athletic Commission and second to Vegas. I know this is not my best side. I’m a human being.
“He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father.
“He came to Brooklyn and he broke a bus, he almost killed a couple of people. What about this s***? Why do people talk about me jumping over the cage? I don’t understand.
“I want to change the game, you cannot talk about religion, about nationality.”
In the coming weeks, Khabib is also expected to serve a suspension and pay a heavy fine.
Nevada State Athletic Commission chair Anthony Marnell said:
“This is a serious issue, this is not a light issue.
“There are serious regulations and statutes about what took place, and the consequences have to match the actions.”
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