Khabib Nurmagomedov will frustrate the UFC by sitting out for longer than his NSAC ban

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After the ugly scenes that followed their fight at UFC 229, the punishments for Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have now been handed out. 

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has ruled that as the man who instigated the post-fight brawl, Khabib should be penalized more heavily.

He's been suspended for nine months, backdated to October when the fight took place and has also been fined a massive $500,000. 

On top of that, his teammates Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov have also been banned for a whole year for their involvement in the melee. 

McGregor, on the other hand, appears to have been let off quite lightly. He'll only serve a six-month ban and has been fined just $50,000. 

It's no surprise then, that Nurmagomedov's camp are far from happy with the NSAC's decision.

THE RESPONSE

The lightweight champ tweeted "politics forever" soon after finding out his fate, while his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, went as far as saying that Khabib is "done" fighting in Las Vegas. 

According to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, Abdelaziz said that "Khabib Nurmagomedov is ‘done’ fighting in Nevada due to the one-year suspension they handed his teammates today."

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If Khabib sticks to his guns and refuses to fight in the state of Nevada from now on, that will probably frustrate Dana White and the UFC. 

But according to Helwani, "The Eagle" could be set to further annoy his employer by taking another stand of solidarity with his teammates. 

SUSPENDING HIMSELF FOR A YEAR

Rather than serving his nine-month suspension, or even reducing it to six by participating in a public service announcement about anti-bullying, Khabib does not want to fight until November. 

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Helwani reports that he'll sit out an entire 12-month retroactive ban, just like teammates Tukhugov and Nurmagomedov, before aiming to return at Madison Square Garden with them. 

Khabib's decision will seriously frustrate the UFC, who would have wanted to cash-in on his star power following a huge win against McGregor last October. 

The fact that he could have also returned to the Octagon as early as April by choosing to reduce his ban will further irk the company and White will now have to make a decision on his lightweight title holder. 

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