The Nevada State Athletic Commission last night handed Conor McGregor a six-month suspension for his actions after he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The former UFC lightweight champion, who suffered a fourth-round submission loss to his successor at the summit of the 155lbs division, was also handed a £38,095 fine ($50,000) for his antics.
Ireland’s first UFC belt holder didn’t immediately address his punishment after it was handed out but did so early on Wednesday morning, thanking the NSAC for their ‘fair’ judgement of the melee.
“I am thankful for the Nevada athletic commissions fair assessment and handling of the brawl incident,” he wrote on Twitter.
McGregor was sanctioned for clashing with Nurmagomedov’s cousin, Abubakar, on the cage after ‘The Eagle’ scaled the Octagon and attempted to dropkick his team-mate Dillon Danis.
‘The Notorious’ regrets the clash, which he insisted happened in the heat of the moment.
“It was not my intention to land the final blow of the night on my opponent’s blood relative,” he added. “It’s just how it played out.”
McGregor will be eligible to return to the Octagon on April 6 – one week before UFC 236 – and has been teasing an imminent return on social media with a string of training pictures.
And the 30-year-old is looking forward to getting back inside the cage later this year.
He said: “I look forward to competing again soon. Thank you all.”
McGregor didn’t finish there, posting a picture of himself slipping a punch from one of his attackers and saying: “Straight left hand inside the attackers jab.
“He attempted to use the big security guard that’s in all the movies as cover, but I could smell him a mile away and landed flush down the pipe.
“The final blow of the night UFC 229 in association with McGregor Sports and Entertainment.”
McGregor’s punishment for his part in the unsavoury scenes which followed his fourth career loss pales in comparison to Nurmagomedov’s.
The Russian was given a nine-month suspension and fined a staggering £380,950 ($500,000).
Nurmagomedov, 30, can reduce his sentence by three months if he takes part in an anti-bullying public service message.
The disparity in punishment enraged the Dagestan native, who tweeted: “Politics forever.”
His manager Ali Abdelaziz was also furious with the verdict, telling ESPN’s Ariel Helwani: “I don’t think it’s fair. Khabib gets $500k and Conor gets $50k? I think it’s bulls**t.”