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John Kavanagh has reacted on Twitter after Conor McGregor's fine for UFC 229 brawl

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More than three months since UFC 229 and the Nevada State Athletic Commission have finally delivered their verdict.

Moments after Khabib Nurmagomedov retained the lightweight championship by submitting Conor McGregor, he sparked mayhem in T-Mobile Arena by vaulting the octagon.

His attack on McGregor's team then sparked a fight in the cage itself and with members of the Russian entourage throwing punches, McGregor was also drawn into the scuffle.

As a result, fight fans have spent the last few months speculating on exactly how Nurmagomedov and McGregor will be punished for all the chaos.

Naturally, Nurmagomedov received the heavier fine for having sparked the brawl and he was docked no less than $500,000 from his purse for the bout.

NSAC give their verdict

He will also be banned from fighting for the next nine months, although that could be reduced by three months if he records an anti-bullying message for the Las Vegas Police Department.

By comparison, McGregor was slapped with a $50,000 fine, has been banned for six months and his behaviour in the UFC 229 press conference was condemned.

Fans might be surprised to see that - at the time of writing - McGregor hasn't reacted to the news and will no doubt be planning his return in the first-half of 2019. 

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

Kavanagh reacts on Twitter

The same can't can be said for his coach John Kavanagh, though, who took to Twitter just a matter of hours after the verdict.

Kavanagh has worked with McGregor throughout his entire career and clearly felt that McGregor shouldn't have been fined at all.

Check out his tweet down below: 

Certainly controversial, but Kavanagh is having absolutely none of the verdict.

There will no doubt be plenty of debate about whether McGregor deserves the punishment he received, yet the video evidence suggests he did indeed throw the first punch.

Of course, it could be argued that the Irishman was simply defending himself and the onslaught he received after the match was certainly out of order. 

Fans of Nurmagomedov might also cite the infamous bus incident and controversial comments in the build-up as vindication for the fine, though.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

No matter what side of the argument you're coming from, however, the decision has been made and both fighters will have to accept the result.

But don't be surprised to see them back in the UFC when their bans are up and potentially against one another all over again.

Do you think McGregor was harshly fined? Have your say in the comments section below.

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