UFC president Dana White doesn’t believe that the promotion’s lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov should be heavily sanctioned for the UFC 229 post-fight melee.
Although it has certainly faded into memory to a certain extent, we are definitely still feeling the after-effects of the now-infamous UFC 229 post-fight melee that saw Khabib Nurmagomedov instigate a rather ugly brawl just seconds after submitting Conor McGregor.
And while Khabib has his hands full right now as he travels the world in the wake of his biggest victory to date, his fighting future remains firmly in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Speaking to the media in the direct aftermath of the Ultimate Fighter Season 28 finale, UFC president Dana White expressed his opinion that the NSAC shouldn’t be too hard on Khabib in terms of the sentence they hand down when the time comes.
“I can’t see them giving Khabib over a year. If it’s over a year, c’mon man. That would not be fair.
“The whole thing was over in 40 seconds, nobody got touched, nobody got hurt. Nothing happened. I think that the commission has to send a message and I hope it’s not over a year.
“I don’t think that would be fair.” (via MMAWeekly)
White spoke to the media following Friday night’s TUF 28 Finale and expressed his belief that Khabib should face Tony Ferguson next while Conor McGregor should be paired up with his old rival Dustin Poirier.
No matter what happens, though, it’s highly unlikely that we see either Khabib or McGregor in action in the first half of 2019.
When they do return, however, 155lbs will be in for a truly amazing time.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena