WEDNESDAY NEWS DIGEST 12/5: Conor McGregor granted continuance for Nevada commission hearing, Greg Hardy booked for UFC debut on same card as Rachael Ostovich, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Conor McGregor at UFC 229 press conference (Photo Credit: Noah K. Murray © USA Today Sports)

McGregor granted continuance from NAC

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were scheduled to face the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Monday Dec. 10 for a hearing stemming from their post-fight brawl at UFC 229. McGregor’s case will not be heard now as his team has requested and been granted a continuance. McGregor will still face the commission for a hearing at a later date. Marc Raimondi at MMA Fighting was first to report the news. At this time, Khabib Nurmagomedov is still scheduled to face the commission on Monday. MMATorch has reached out to Nurmagomedov’s management to see if he will also be seeking a continuance but they did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Greg Hardy to make UFC debut on same card as Rachael Ostovich

Former NFL star Greg Hardy will make his official UFC debut next month when he fights Allen Crowder on Jan. 19, UFC’s debut on ESPN+. Dana White confirmed the booking with ESPN earlier today. Hardy’s association with UFC has been controversial due to his history of domestic abuse. Hardy was initially sentenced to 60-days in jail on domestic violence charges but on appeal the charges were dropped when the alleged victim failed to appear in court.

Hardy will appear on the same card as domestic abuse survivor Rachael Ostovich, who was hospitalized with a broken orbital bone after her husband, Arnold Berdon allegedly punched her “repeatedly on the head, face, ribs.” Ostovich originally was said to have pulled out from the fight but then came out with her intention to continue with the fight with Paige VanZant.

Wednesday Notebook Items

-Anthony Getschel has been sentenced to eight years in prison for manslaughter in the death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Getschel pleaded guilty to the charges after he was said to have hit Jimmo with his truck in June 2016. “I’m very sorry for the pain that I caused,” Getschel said. “I’ll never be able to forgive myself for what happened.”

Brian Ortega told media on Monday that he will be taking three months off after UFC 231 to film a “big” movie. “I’ve gotta check, but I think I’ll be the first UFC fighter in history to have the lead role in a big movie.”

Ortega is also looking ahead to a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov in the future.  “If I play my cards right, it’s within reach,” Ortega said.

Matt Mitrione will fight Sergei Kharitonov at a Bellator card on Feb. 15 from Uncasville, Connecticut.

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