Khabib Nurmagomedov faces lengthy suspension according to former UFC fighter

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

Current UFC Lightweight world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is facing a 12-18-month suspension from the sport, following the events of UFC 229 last weekend. 

After a stunning submission victory over his long-term rival - and former Featherweight and Lightweight world champion - Conor McGregor, Dagestani-born Nurmagomedov vaulted into the crowd and attacked his rivals camp.

Three members of Khabib's entourage were also taken into custody by Nevada state police, after two fellow fighters were filmed leaping into the cage to attack McGregor as he contemplated his shock loss.

After years of intense speculation regarding a potential super fight between the two UFC kingpins, former two-weight world champion McGregor finally agreed to fight his Russian rival Nurmagomedov - a man who boasted a fearsome undefeated record of 26-0.

There was an extremely bitter and ill-tempered build-up to the fight, however - in which the fighters repeatedly clashed over religion, heritage, and even the legality of Khabib's trainer - very few held any hopes that the rivalry would die with the final bell, with many also predicting ugly scenes in Las Vegas after the bout. 

One such man to advise fans not to attend the fight, was former UFC fighter and MMA analyst Brendan Schaub.

Schaub, who is a close friend of UFC commentator Joe Rogan, revealed on Rogan's popular podcast last week that he would not be in attendance for the fight, due to his fears of potential violence after the fight ended.

Now, having been proven right in spectacular fashion, Schaub has spoken out on the events that followed the largest fight in his former sport's history.

"Khabib's going to be suspended," Schaub told listeners of his Below the Belt podcast "I'm hearing a year to 18 months. We'll see, maybe [UFC President and former owner Dana White] can work his magic with the Nevada state commission."

Despite Schaub's belief that the Dagestani will receive a lengthy ban from the sport, White was quick to downplay any fears that one of his most prized fighters was going to be out of action for potentially over a year. 

"I think they should take $250,000 from him," White told TMZ in a recent interview "He absolutely keeps his title, and he's going to get suspended, so maybe you give him a four-six-month suspension."


There has also been some talk that Nurmagomedov may even face issues when renewing his Visa in the United States, effectively putting an end to the possibility of there ever being a rematch between the fearsome duo.

Despite this talk however, Schaub believes that a rematch between the two is inevitable.

"I think we're eventually going to see that [speaking on a potential rematch]. Already Conor v Khabib is the biggest fight in UFC history. The rematch is even bigger, so of course you're going to get it."

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