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Khabib Nurmagomedov banned for nine months after Conor McGregor brawl at UFC 229

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s hearing over the brawl in the aftermath of his fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 began on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old, who defeated McGregor with a fourth-round submission, scaled the octagon and attacked Dillon Danis - McGregor’s ju-jitsu partner - as all hell broke loose inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A ban - as well as a hefty fine - seemed likely for the Russian professional mixed martial artist, who has now learned his fate.

Per the Mirror, Khabib has received a nine-month ban for his part in the brawl with McGregor.

He has also been fined a cool $500,000 - a quarter of his $2 million purse.

However, Khabib’s nine-month ban is likely to be reduced by three months if he carried out community service.

This would involve recording a message as part of a wider anti-bullying campaign.

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However, Khabib would still be eligible to return to UFC at the end of June, even if the nine-month ban stands.

The news has also been confirmed by ESPN's Ariel Helwani.

The Sun, meanwhile, understand McGregor has received a $38,000 fine and a backdated suspension of six months.

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Per ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Khabib teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov have each received one-year suspensions and $25,000 fines for their part in the post-fight brawl.

Okamoto has also revealed that the Nevada State Athletic Commission have warned McGregor over his conduct in the build-up to fights.

Khabib felt antagonised by the Irishman in the build-up to UFC 229 and failed to keep his cool after winning the biggest fight of his career to date.

UFC president Dana White, who described himself as "sick and disgusted" after the ugly scenes that marred the event, said back in October that Khabib risked being stripped of his title.

However, it's likely that Khabib will be allowed to keep the UFC Lightweight Championship title he won that night.

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Khabib was quick to apologise after the fight, although questioned why more wasn't being said about McGregor's behaviour before the bout.

“First of all I want to say sorry to athletic commission and Las Vegas, this is not my best side, I am a human being,” he told reporters, before adding: “He talked about my religion, country, father. Why are people talking about me jumping over a cage?”

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