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UFC boss: Nurmagomedov won't be stripped of UFC title

UFC boss: Nurmagomedov won't be stripped of UFC title

Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight crown in completely dominant fashion in Las Vegas over the weekend, taking McGregor to the ground in the first two rounds before forcing him to tap in the fourth.

What should have been a celebration of the biggest victory of Khabib Nurmagomedov's career to date devolved into something else entirely at UFC 229 on Saturday night.

In the aftermath of the headlining fight, Nurmagomedov leapt over the octagon and jumped into the stands, where he proceeded to fight members of McGregor's entourage. He seemed prepared to face his father when he said, "I know my father is going to smash me", to the media team present for the after fight interview.

White's BMW can probably rest easy, as White told TMZ on Monday that Nurmagomedov would "absolutely" not be stripped of his title, though he could be receiving a six-figure fine sometime soon.

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"He had a hood on, trying to be low key, but he came up to me, he was respectful, he was like 'hey man, you're holding it down for the jiu jitsu community, you're doing your thing, I admire you, I appreciate it.' He was cool about the whole situation". White said the UFC will allow the NSAC to conduct its hearings before making a decision on Nurmagomedov's next fight. His $2 million purse was withheld at the conclusion of the event, while McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) was paid in full.McGregor, however, is also facing potential disciplinary action, likely for fighting with Nurmagomedov's teammates.

"I don't think there are too many people that don't understand why he did it but he shouldn't have done it", White said. "He's the world champion. You won. The guy who's yelling at you means nothing".

Now Nurmagomedov's father has released his first statement on the incident where he admonished his son's actions while promising to punish him far worse than anything the UFC could have in store for him. We'll see what happens with Khabib and what's next.


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