The father of disgraced fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has shown his class with a brilliant response to the chaos that erupted after his son’s win against Conor McGregor.
Nurmagomedov has yet to be paid following his lightweight title win over McGregor at UFC 229 that ended in disgraceful scenes, but that penalty might be the least of his worries.
The 30-year-old’s father has promised to punish him, condemning his son’s role in sparking a massive post-match brawl.
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“I will be very hard on this. I warned him,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov told RenTV.
“For me, discipline comes first.”
“You do whatever you want in the Octagon but outside this is the border of civilians where there are children, women and strangers.”
As well as the stern words for his son, Nurmagomedov senior also posted on social media with a message of forgiveness to McGregor.
— 27-0 🦅🦅 (@229Mcchicken) October 9, 2018
Khabib is facing a possible suspension after jumping out of the Octagon to confront members of McGregor’s camp, while his own team jumped up to attack McGregor.
Three members of Khabib’s party were detained after the incident, and UFC president Dana White says he could be stripped of the title altogether, in addition to any fines or suspensions.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has launched a full investigation into the fight and is currently reviewing footage and interviewing those who were involved.
The commission has held Nurmagomedov’s US$2 million paycheque in expectation of filing the official complaint.
Why McGregor was originally cleared
The NSAC originally released McGregor’s US$3 million cheque, but has decided to file a complaint against him too after further review.
“We will be filing against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov,” NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell told ESPN.
“Because we withheld one purse, we will have to move expeditiously to a complaint and hearing.
“We have held 100 percent of one of the fighter’s money, so the goal is to get the complaints out in the next 24 to 48 hours.”
Following McGregor’s submission in the fourth round with a rear naked choke, Nurmagomedov climbed out of the octagon and soon was in a brawl with members of McGregor’s entourage.
But after the NSAC cleared McGregor, new video emerged showing him throwing a punch at one of Nurmagomedov’s teammates too.
Three individuals were arrested, but were released after McGregor declined to press charges.
What happens now?
Marnell told ESPN that Nurmagomedov is facing both a fine and a suspension, and that he hopes to hold disciplinary hearings by the end of November.
“This is a serious issue, this is not a light issue,” Marnell said.
“This isn’t, ‘We smacked each other in the face in a hotel lobby the week of a fight.’
“This is the night of the event, and it needs to stay inside that field of combat.
“There are serious regulations and statutes about what took place, and the consequences have to match the actions.”