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Amid the chaos that was UFC 229 Saturday night, it appeared that only Khabib Nurmagomedov would be facing disciplinary action from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and that Conor McGregor would be spared. Now it appears that will not be the case as ESPN is reporting that the NAC intends to file a complaint against McGregor as well.
“This is a serious issue, this is not a light issue,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “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.”
The complaint against McGregor stems from further review of video footage since the incident. It appeared as if McGregor threw a punch at a member of Nurmagomedov’s corner who was trying to enter the cage. Marnell also stated that he intends to expedite the process due to Nurmagomedov’s purse being withheld and is targeting a November hearing date.
While McGregor’s reported $3 million purse was paid to him on fight night, other sanctions could be imposed pending the results of the investigation.