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NSAC Propose Future Sanctions On Fighters For “Their Language”

The Nevada State Athletic Commission discussed the idea of potentially holding fighters accountable for their post and pre-fight language during a hearing on Tuesday.

The hearing discussed potential sanctions for both Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov for their involvement in the post-UFC 229 brawl which saw members of both fighters teams involved in a now-infamous melee.

Khabib received a nine-month retroactive ban and a $500,000 fine for his involvement in the unsavoury scenes while his opponent McGregor was given a six-month retroactive ban and a $50,000 fine.

While discussing the sanctions to impose on the pair, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett brought up the idea of holding fighters accountable for their language during press conferences.

Prior to their lightweight title fight at UFC 229, the pair exchanged a plethora of verbal jabs with the two displaying a clear hatred towards one another, with McGregor, in particular, going hard at his opponent.

“F**k him and his mentality. I don’t give a f**k about him. My heart is black towards this man, towards his team, towards his people. I can truly see the inside of that man’s head and smile.

I don’t give a f**k about him or his people. Like I said, there is way deeper s**t than just a fight on Saturday night, so I’m here, I’m going to settle this the noble way myself and then see what happens after that.”

The commission, however, feels that in the future they may take action against fighters for the things they say as well as the things they do.

The NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell called the language used by many fighters “embarrassing” and it will be worth following to see if the commission decide to follow up on their discussion in the future.

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