Conor McGregor to Face Formal Complaint for Actions in Brawl After Khabib Fight

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06:  (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC fighters Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are each facing formal complaints following the brawl that broke out after their UFC 229 fight on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

According to Brett Okamoto of, Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Anthony Marnell said the commission will investigate the incident through interviews and film review. He also said the decision to withhold Nurmagomedov's $2 million paycheck will accelerate the process.

"We will be filing against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov," Marnell said. "Because we withheld one purse, we will have to move expeditiously to a complaint and hearing. We have held 100 percent of one of the fighter's money, so the goal is to get the complaints out in the next 24 to 48 hours."

Marnell also said the commission is considering both a fine and suspension for Nurmagomedov.

Okamoto described the chaotic scene after Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor with a fourth-round submission.

The undefeated fighter leapt over the cage and into the crowd and began fighting with those in McGregor's corner. What's more, McGregor threw a punch at Nurmagomedov's teammate, and a spectator jumped into the Octagon and started punching the Irish fighter.

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According to Okamoto, UFC president Dana White said three people were arrested but ultimately released because McGregor decided against pressing charges.

A ringside witness told TMZ Sports that McGregor's teammate, Dillon Danis, called Nurmagomedov a "f--king Muslim rat" during the fight, which prompted the victor's actions in the aftermath.

Nurmagomedov further explained why he was upset with McGregor after the fight, pointing to comments about his religion and father, among other topics, via MMA Fighting (warning: NSFW language): 

Despite the drama outside the Octagon, there could be a rematch in the future if McGregor has anything to say about it. He tweeted "looking forward to the rematch" after his loss.