Path cleared for Khabib to headline UFC Abu Dhabi after teammates’ suspensions commuted
Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, the latter being the cousin of the undefeated Russian fighter, were both suspended for a period of one year for their part in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl following Nurmagomedov’s victory against Conor McGregor last October.
Khabib was handed a nine month suspension, though he had the option of having that reduced by three months if he agreed to take part in an anti-bullying public service announcement – an offer which was refused by the Russian, who intimated that he would remain in solidarity with his teammates and not compete again until they were eligible to return.Also on rt.com Clearing the way? Khabib Nurmagomedov's cousin and training partner set to face Nevada Commission
At a meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, it was agreed that Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov’s suspensions would be reduced by 35 days, per the recommendation of executive director Bob Bennett. He stated that the two Russian fighter’s objections that they weren’t offered the same opportunity to reduce their suspensions as Khabib was “fair and equitable.”
During Khabib’s absence Dustin Poirier defeated Max Holloway to claim the interim 155lb title, setting up an undisputed title tilt between the two lightweight champions which had been heavily-rumored to take place at the UFC’s upcoming event in Abu Dhabi on September 7.
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ОФИЦИАЛЬНО❗️ Атлетическая комиссия штата Невада вынесла вердикт по делу @zubairatukhugov и @abubakar_nurmagomedov Комиссия сократила отстранение бойцов на 35 дней, таким образом Зубайра и Абубакар могут драться на #UFC242 в Абу-Даби! We ready and we coming InshaAllah. DreamTeam and real Family ☝️
The reduced suspensions allows Khabib to compete without contradicting his previous statements regarding his teammates. Both Tukhugov and Nurmagomedov have already paid $25,000 (€22,400) fines and have agreed to complete 10 hours of community service at a youth facility of their choosing.
Tukhugov, who is signed to the UFC, hasn’t competed since a defeat to Renato Moicano three years ago, while Abubakar Nurmagomedov drew his most recent bout in the Professional Fighters League last October.Also on rt.com UFC confirms Abu Dhabi event as news of Khabib return appears imminent