UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor both received retroactive bans for their role in a post 229 brawl in October 2018.
The Nevada Athletic Commission handed down the bans and fines during a hearing on Tuesday.
Khabib’s nine-month ban could be reduced to six months if he cooperates in the filming and distributing of an anti-bullying public service announcement.
McGregor received a six-month retroactive ban as well as a $50,000 fine which means that he will be free to fight for the UFC from April 6th.
Khabib’s brother Abubakar Nurmagomedov received a one-year ban and a $25,000 fine by the commission for jumping the cage following the main event while Zubaira Tukhugov also received the same ban and fine.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani outlined that he believes the bans for Khabib’s teammates mean that the current lightweight king will not fight until their suspensions are finished.
Official: Zubaira Tukhugov, Khabib’s teammate, has been suspended a year and fined $25k by the NAC. Again, I wouldn’t expect Khabib to fight before that suspension expires, which would be on 10/6/19.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 29, 2019
Khabib defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 229 via submission in the fourth round to retain his lightweight title however the two fighters’ parties were involved in a pull-apart brawl which soured proceedings following the main event.