Conor McGregor’s lawyer believes cornermen at UFC 229 are to blame for brawl


Conor McGregor’s attorney Michael Mersch is hoping that the cornermen involved in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl will take responsibility for the incident.

Both Khabib Nurmagomedov and McGregor are currently under investigation for their involvement in the brawl.

The Nevada Athletic Commission has already released half of the Russian’s purse, it also extended the temporary suspension of both fighters, until actual sanctions are decided upon in the Commission meeting scheduled for December 10.

Khabib won the main event at UFC 229, defeating Notorious by submission in the fourth round with a rear-naked choke hold.

Following the fight, the UFC lightweight champion climbed the cage and jumped out of the Octagon.

He then began to brawl with McGregor’s teammates, including the Irishman’s training partner Dillon Danis.

Cornermen from both sides then got involved as security struggled to contain the melee which was broadcast live across the world.

Former UFC legal counsel Michael Mersch, who now represents Notorious, has argued that the respective cornermen involved in the melee should be held accountable for the incident.

“But for the actions of Mr. Nurmagomedov, none of this would have happened,” Mersch said.

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“I hope the commission will not just focus on the two fighters in this case, because I think the commission has a history of looking at the actions of corner people, as well.

“I don’t pretend to know the names or functions of every single person that was in and out of the octagon post-fight, but I assume that at least some of them were licensed by this commission.

“This commission, whether it was in the Zab Judah or the Mike Tyson ‘Bite Fight’ hearings, looks at activities above and beyond the fighters themselves. Once I have a complaint, we’re happy to address it with them.”

One of the cornermen in question is featherweight fighter Zubaira Tukhugov, who jumped the fence and blindsided McGregor in the middle of the chaos that ensued.

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