NSAC files formal complaints against McGregor and Khabib.
The complaints, written by NSAC executive director Bob Bennett and viewable here, outline the commission’s case against the UFC lightweights for their roles in the melee that followed UFC 229. The complaints give the five-member commission a wide latitude for potential punishments but stop short of any specific recommendation.
Bennett will suggest a course of action when the hearing takes place, but the ultimate decision on any potential penalties will be made by the full commission. The complaints are the result of a “comprehensive investigation” launched by Bennett after the melee, which marred Nurmagomedov’s fourth-round submission of McGregor to defend the UFC lightweight title in a blockbuster pay-per-view on Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The commission alleges Nurmagomedov “refused to comply” with a “valid order” from a NSAC commissioner to “disengage from the situation and walk away” during the incident. Nurmagomedov struck several people, “including, but not limited to” McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis, NSAC inspectors and UFC security personnel.
Nurmagomedov’s actions, the complaint states, make him guilty of “foul or unsportsmanlike conduct” in connection with a fight. He also is alleged to have violated Nevada state laws.
The commission alleges McGregor also refused to comply with “valid orders to return to the octagon canvas” after attempting to jump over the cage into the gallery where Nurmagomedov and Danis fought.
While McGregor “straddled” the cage, the complaint continues, he struck Nurmagomedov cornerman Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who was attempting to climb into the octagon close to him. McGregor “threw a punch at and attempted to strike” Abubakar Nurmagomedov. The two “then proceeded to throw punches while both … straddled the octagon.”
McGregor’s actions also constitute “foul or unsportsmanlike conduct” and a violation of state law.
As far as the potential punishments on the table, Nurmagomedov and McGregor are subject to NSAC bylaws that allow the commission to suspend or revoke their licenses, issue up to a lifetime ban and withhold 100 percent of their purses or $250,000, whichever is greater. They are also responsible for attorney’s fees and other punishments the commission sees fit.
The complaints also include the criminal definition of assault and battery. Bennett’s complaint asks the commission to “impose a penalty” on Nurmagomedov and McGregor, pay fees for the cost of the hearing, and other potential punishments the commission “may deem just and proper.”
Nurmagomedov and McGregor remain temporarily suspended pending the resolution of their cases and have been ordered to attend the hearing in person. The commission voted unanimously this past month to..
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