Report: Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov agree NSAC settlements to avoid UFC 229 brawl hearings

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor Press Conference

It looks as though the brawl that took place between the camps of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 won't be dragged out any further.

Back in October at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor in the evening’s main event via fourth-round submission, retaining the UFC Lightweight Championship in the process.

However, after their fight in the Octagon, a brawl broke about between each fighter's camps, which resulted in the Nevada State Atletic Commission (NSAC) handing out temporary suspensions to both fighters and their camps.

The UFC Lightweight Champion left the cage and confronted McGregor’s cornerman Dillon Danis, while McGregor was involved in a physical altercation with Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Zubaira Tukhugov, and Esedulla Emiragaev inside the cage.

All the fighters involved are potentially facing suspensions and/or fines.

Both The Eagle and Notorious were scheduled to face hearings with the NSAC later today, but according to reports, that will no longer be the case.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, McGregor and Khabib each agreed to a settlement with the NSAC that is expected to be approved before a five-member panel on Tuesday. 

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Nurmagomedov associates Abubakar and Tukhugov have also reached settlement agreements for their involvements in the brawl at UFC 229.

Although the terms of the settlement agreements have not been disclosed, it looks as though the upcoming hearing will be the final chapter of this embarrassing brawl for UFC.

Jon Jones

While McGregor and Khabib will no longer have their hearings with the NSAC, one fighter that will have their hearing is UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones.

Jones was scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson in Las Vegas last month at UFC 232, but they were forced to move the event to Los Angeles after he failed a drug test.

At the time, Bones produced a positive test for a minute amount of turinabol, an anabolic steroid that Jones tested positive for earlier in his career.

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This resulted in the NSAC refusing to license him for a fight in Vegas because there wasn’t enough time for a hearing. The fight was moved to LA instead, and it resulted in Jones defeating Gustafsson via TKO.

Due to many experts saying the positive test must have been caused by an old usage of turinabol, it’s unlikely Jones will see punishment.

UFC will be hoping that is the case too, as Bones is currently scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. Any suspension would likely result in that fight being called off or rearranged.

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