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Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor supporting cast see UFC 229 suspensions extended

MMAJunkie logo MMAJunkie 11/14/2018 John Morgan
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LAS VEGAS - Keeping in step with the Dec. 10 date currently tabbed for Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor to have their date before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the supporting cast involved in a post-UFC 229 melee may also have their fates decided that day, as well.

NSAC officials today elected to extend the temporary suspensions of Dillon Danis, Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov "through the resolution of formal disciplinary action." The case is expected to be ready for review and hearing for the December monthly meeting, though January was floated as a possibility, as well.

Attorney General rep Caroline Bateman said that all three men have thus far failed to respond to initial complaints filed by the office and sent via certified letter.

Danis' involvement, according to Bateman's reading of the complaint, includes largely instigating the post-fight melee, as well as flashing obscene gestures once he was restrained.

"Video evidence reveals that immediately after the conclusion of the main event, (Danis), who worked the corner for Conor McGregor repeatedly motioned to Khabib Nurmagomedov with his arm to come over towards him," Bateman said. "Nurmagomedov jumped over the cage towards the respondent, and the two men engaged in a fight and throw punches towards one another. When officials are able to eventually break up the fight, and they begin to escort the respondent out of the arena, respondent responds by raising his arms and directing obscene gestures towards the cage by extending his middle finger."

Abubakar Nurmagomedov's complaint was based on video evidence showing the cornerman "scaled the cage … and exchanged punches with McGregor while straddling the cage."

Esedulla Emiragaev and Rizvan Magomedov were originally on the day's agenda, but the two were pulled from the schedule at the start of the meeting.

NSAC chairman Anthony A. Marnell III told MMAjunkie the commission simply needed more time to determine the proper course of action with Emiragaev and Magomedov.

"It's the gathering of evidence," Marnell III said. "Locating the people, getting the proper addresses and following the statutes to a 'T.' We have to do these things right."

Marnell also clarified that while Danis, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Tukhugov, Emiragaev and Magomedov have all been cited thus far in addition to the principle combatants, there is a possibility more names could be brought to light as more evidence is gathered.

"Not sure yet," Marnell III said. "I think it's close to the end, but not sure."

Marnell III said the commissioners "are in communication" with Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor, and their respective representatives and that while the NSAC still expects the fighters to be present at the scheduled Dec. 10 hearing, that could change if the parties involved reach a settlement ahead of time.

"If they do not reach a settlement with the Attorney General, then they will have to be here," Marnell III said. "We will not hear the case over the phone. If they reach a settlement with the Attorney General, then it would be past practice for us to waive that appearance."

To hear more from Marnell III, check out the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC 229, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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