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Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov will ‘absolutely’ not be stripped of title for role in UFC 229 brawl

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Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov will ‘absolutely’ not be stripped of title for role in UFC 229 brawl

Dana White has reneged his initial claim. After reluctance to decide how UFC will proceed with Nurmagomedov he determined to let the NSAC lead with their choice. However it’s quickly becoming clear Khabib’s punishment will be in the range of Nate Diaz and Conor Mcgregor’s water bottle throwing shenanigan. In fact White himself claimed he suspects Nurmagomedov is looking at about 250.000$ fine and 4-6 month suspension.

“He absolutely keeps his title,” White told TMZ. “And he’s going to get suspended, so maybe you give him a four-to-six month suspension.

“Listen, [the NAC] took his whole purse right now, and they’re talking about keeping his purse. I do not think that that should happen,” White added when asked about what should happen to Nurmagomedov. “You should not be able to keep his whole purse. … I think they should take $250,000 from him.”

“I don’t think there’s too many people who don’t understand why he did it, but he shouldn’t have done it,” White said. “He’s the world champion. He just beat Conor in front of the entire world. Stand up, get that belt wrapped around you. You won, you won. The guy who’s yelling at you means nothing. That guy means nothing.”

There’s also similarity to the bus attack video. Nurmagomedov is facing both a potential fine and suspension from the NAC for what happened at UFC 229, however White said the two situations were dissimilar.

“It’s different circumstances, you guys,” White said. “[McGregor’s incident] wasn’t at an event. This was in the bowels of the Barclays Center. It was a completely different situation. He was dealing with the state of New York and the police. In this thing (the UFC 229 brawl), [Nurmagomedov] was a part of something that was regulated by the Nevada state athletic commission. He was at an event with more people than have ever been at an event for a UFC event in Vegas. There were tons of fans there. It’s a much different situation.”

 

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