Dana White highlights the punishment that will be 'out of line' for Khabib

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In an ideal world, the UFC would have already capitalised on Khabib Nurmagomedov's momentum by announcing his next challenge or at least testing the waters to see what could be next.

At the moment, UFC president Dana White and the organisation are both powerless to make any serious move for The Eagle and even Conor McGregor because of their post-fight melee which dominated the headlines more than The Notorious submitting to a neck crank against his Russian nemesis.

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Until the Nevada Athletic Commission has decided what their punishments will be, nobody knows how long both stars will be out of action.

Recently, White did explain what his ideal situation would be for the lightweight picture, with the unbeaten Dagestani taking on Tony Ferguson - at last - with McGregor handing Dustin Poirier a rematch and then the winners facing off for the lightweight title.

Again, before that can even happen, the punishments need to be revealed.

It's thought that Nurmagomedov could feel the brunt of the punishment for jumping out of the Octagon and flying into Dillon Danis and the rest of McGregor's SBG corner.

According to White, though, anything over a year-long suspension would be crossing the line when he was speaking in a post-fight scrum following the TUF 28 Finale in Las Vegas.

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According to MMA Fighting, he said: "I can’t see them giving Khabib over a year.

“If it’s over a year, c’mon man. That would not be fair. The whole thing was over in 40 seconds, nobody got touched, nobody got hurt. Nothing happened.

"I think that the commission has to send a message and I hope it’s not over a year. I don’t think that would be fair.

“I have a job to do,” White said. “I’ve gotta make fights, no matter who’s here and who’s not. I have to make fights, so I will continue to make fights until we find out what the suspensions are and then when the suspensions are laid down, I will still continue to make fights until they come back."

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At the minute, there's a great deal of mystery surrounding just what the punishments will be, but it's clear that a year-long suspension would be unfair on anyone involved - including El Cucuy if he was seen as the next in line to finally get it on with Nurmagomedov.

What do you make of Dana White claiming that a year-long suspension would be unfair on Khabib Nurmagomedov? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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