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Published: 19:00 | 29/1/19

McGregor handed six-month suspension


Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been suspended as a result of the brawl that followed their UFC bout in Las Vegas.

The pair went head-to-head at UFC 229 in October with Nurmagomedov emerging victorious after McGregor was forced to tap out in the fourth round when his opponent administered a rear-naked choke.

Moments later there were ugly scenes at the T-Mobile Arena as the Russian jumped out of the Octagon to attack McGregor's jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis, while the Dubliner was involved in a bust-up with a member of Nurmagomedov's team before they were tackled by security.

Both fighters were suspended pending a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing, which took place on Tuesday with differing results for the fighters.

McGregor has been handed a six-month suspension, retroactive to the fight, as well as a $50,000 fine, while Nurmagomedov has received a retroactive nine-month suspension and a fine of $500,000, which is quarter of the purse he earned for the bout.

It means McGregor will be free to fight again on April 6.

Nurmagomedov's ban could be reduced to six months if he participates in an anti-bullying campaign in Nevada. If not, he will be out of the octagon until after June 5.

Both Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov, who are members of the Russian's team, have been banned for one year and fined $25,000.

Meanwhile, Jon Jones has been cleared to compete in Nevada after the NSAC voted in favour of granting him a one-fight, conditional licence.

Jones' hearing was in relation to the M3 metabolite, oral turinabol, for which he tested positive prior to his fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on December 29.

The fight had been due to take place in Las Vegas but it was moved to Southern California with Jones defeating Gustafsson by knockout in the third round.

"Thank you so much to USADA. ... Thank you to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, my team, the UFC, mainly the fans and everyone sticking by me throughout this process, allowing me to say my peace, allowing me to go through this process, eventually proving my innocence," Jones said in a statement Tuesday.

"I'm super grateful to be back fighting in Nevada. I'm excited for March 2. It's going to be a magnificent event. Just looking forward to all the testing. Looking forward to getting back in front of the fans and putting on great fights."

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