Moments after Nurmagomedov solidified his status as the undisputed lightweight champion with a fourth-round submission victory, Russian’s first UFC titleholder sparked a mass brawl by scaling the octagon and attempting to attack McGregor’s coach
Nurmagomedov actions then prompted a melee inside the cage, in which McGregor was attacked by two members of his opponent’s team moments after clashing with his rival’s cousin Abubakar. McGregor has been notorious about getting into fights outside the ring.
The pair are currently awaiting punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who have withheld Nurmagomedov’s purse. Both fighters could also be potentially banned.
The commission are notorious for imposing harsh sanctions on fighters who fall afoul of their rules, a fact Nick Diaz and Wanderlei Silva can attest to.
One man who has seen the commission bestow severe punishments is Floyd Mayweather Jr, who was involved in a brawl with Zab and Yoel Judah during his 2006 bout with the former.
The NSAC handed Judah and his father, Yoel, £190,000 ($250,000) and £75,000 ($100,000) fines respectively for their actions at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
And given the severity of Nurmagomedov and McGregor’s antics, Mayweather is expecting the pair to receive similar punishments.
“It’s going to be a huge fine I’m pretty sure because with my fight against Zab Judah, there was a crazy melee in the ring and a huge penalty – a huge fine,” Mayweather told ITP.
“If I’m not mistaken, seven figures.
“Not to me, but could have been to Zab Judah or my uncle Roger or even Leonard Ellerbe.”
Nurmagomedov apologised for his moment of madness in the post-fight press conference, saying: “First of all, I want to say sorry to the athletic commission, Nevada and sorry to Vegas. This is not my best side.
“I’m a human being, but I don’t understand how people can talk about jumping on the cage when he talks about my religion, he talks about my county, he talks about my father and he comes to Brooklyn and he broke the bus and almost killed a couple of people. What about this?
“Why are people talking about my jumping over the cage. I don’t understand. You cannot talk about religion, you cannot talk about nations, you cannot talk about this stuff. This is for me very important.”
UFC president Dana initially refused to rule out the possibility of stripping Nurmagomedov of the lightweight crown but has since decided against doing so.
“He absolutely keeps his title,” UFC president Dana White told TMZ. “And he’s going to get suspended, so maybe you give him a four-to-six month suspension.”
He added: “Listen, [the NAC] took his whole purse right now, and they’re talking about keeping his purse. I do not think that that should happen. You should not be able to keep his whole purse – I think they should take £190,000 ($250,000) from him.”