LAS VEGAS — Dana White insisted that Khabib Nurmagomedov and the opposite contributors in the violent melee that followed his victory within the UFC 229 primary tournament on Saturday night time would face vital and wide-ranging sanctions.
“These guys are in big trouble,” White mentioned in connection with the carnage that ensued moments after Nurmagomedov’s fourth-round submission victory over Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena. “It is going to be ugly.”
However, White refused to rule out the potential for a rematch between the sour foes someday. “We have got to see what happens here with the Nevada (Athletic) Commission and we will figure that out,” he added.
White published that the fee had withheld Nurmagomedov’s handbag of $2 million, pending an investigation, and that “big fines” had been most probably. McGregor’s preliminary assured fee of $three million — which will probably be a great deal boosted by means of pay-per-view percentages — used to be awarded overdue Saturday.
White additionally puzzled whether or not Nurmagomedov, from the Dagestan area of Russia, would in finding it as simple to procure a visa to struggle within the United States because of his phase within the fracas. The light-weight champion leaped over the cage and waded into a group of McGregor’s teammates lower than a minute after McGregor tapped out. Separately, two males entered the octagon to confront McGregor, and considered one of them sucker-punched him two times.
White used to be unclear as to the id of the boys. “If they are guys who are under contract with the UFC, they will not fight (again),” he added.
As nighttime handed in Las Vegas, the UFC used to be turning over safety and movie photos to the fee and its govt officer, former FBI agent Bob Bennett.
“This is some street (stuff),” White mentioned. “This isn’t sport.”
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