An Unsavoury Chapter Ends, Or Does It?
Yesterday the Nevada Athletic Commission handed out their punishments to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and others for their part in the post fight brawl at UFC 229.
It brought an end to an unsavoury chapter in UFC history, which started when Artem Lobov, McGregor’s teammate had a heated altercation with Nurmagomedov prior to UFC 223.
The infamous dolly attack followed, and the toxic heat ran right all the way through the UFC 229 pre-fight build-up, culminating in the scenes which shamed the sport.
The 6 and 9 month suspensions handed out to Nurmagomedov and McGregor were in reality largely irrelevant, the usual time out make them pretty much pointless.
Both could return as early as April, Nurmagomedov must complete some kind of anti-bullying exercise to have his suspension reduced to 6 months.
When they do return, it will be interesting to see what the UFC do. Would they dare book a rematch, when you look at the PPV buys the first fight generated, of course they would. The biggest fight in UFC history, why not do it again, fairness to Tony Ferguson and others won’t make one bit of difference.
If a deal can be agreed and both fighters want it, the likelihood is it will get made sooner rather than later.
If Nurmagomedov does sit out until November, as he has indicated in support of his teammates who received more lengthy suspensions, then another dreaded interim title will rise to the surface.
The likes of Ferguson, McGregor and Dustin Poirier will probably fill the spots for that particular belt, if McGregor is one of the fighters and he wins, the rematch with the true king will be inevitable.