There has been no shortage of drama surrounding Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor in 2018.
The sequence of events can be traced back to April when Nurmagomedov and his team confronted a UFC fighter and friend of McGregor - Artem Lobov - before an event in New York.
It prompted McGregor to catch a private plane to American, hunt down Nurmagomedov and attack his bus by throwing a number of projectiles at the window.
The 'Notorious' was arrested for his disgraceful actions, but the situation did wonders for promoting his comeback fight against the very man he had targeted six months previously.
Nevertheless, there was to be no revenge for the Irishman at UFC 229 as Nurmagomedov showed his indomitable wrestling skills with a submission victory in the fourth round.
Khabib vs McGregor drama
After the win, however, the Russian landed himself in a similar bout of trouble by deciding to vault the octagon and attacking members of the McGregor team.
That's not to mention some of his associates entering the cage and landing punches of their own on the defeated fighter.
Everyone associated with the UFC is awaiting the Nevada State Athletic Commission's verdict on the fracas but it must be wondered how Nurmagomedov's punishment will compare to that of McGregor's for his bus attack.
White on Khabib's punishment
Well, that very question was put to UFC President Dana White during an interview with TMZ and he made it clear that things are much, much worse for Nurmagomedov.
When asked about the bus attack, White replied: “It’s different circumstances, you guys. It wasn’t at an event.
"Conor got kicked out of the state of New York. He can’t fight in the state of New York. If Nevada puts a suspension on [Nurmagomedov], everyone will put a suspension on him.
“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, [Nurmagomedov] was 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.”
So, Nurmagomedov can strap himself in for some serious repercussions.
It certainly doesn't bode well for the the Russian when McGregor's punishment - which saw him in handcuffs - will be considered lighter than that awaiting Nurmagomedov.
If White was the man deciding the punishment, though, he has a very clear idea about the situation and stated in the same interview: "I think they should take a quarter-of-a-million dollars from him.
"He absolutely keeps his title. And he’s gonna get suspended, so maybe you give him a four- to six-month suspension.”
Nurmagomedov will learn his fate in the coming days and it might not be pretty.
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