Khabib Nurmagomedov Refuses Anti-Bullying PSA, Criticizes Nevada

It looks like Khabib Nurmagomedov won’t be cleared to fight before July 2019. Khabib received $500,000 fine and nine-month suspension for his role in UFC 229 post-fight incident after reaching a settlement with NSAC.

Yet, the commission gave the undefeated Dagestani a choice. If Khabib completes an anti-bullying PSA, his sentence might be reduced to 6 months. It means he’d be eligible to fight in April!

But Khabib Nurmagomedov nixes anti-bullying PSA! One of the most traditional fighters in the world is highly unimpressed with the state of Nevada. In a recent interview, “Eagle” heavily criticized “The Silver State” for allowing gambling, prostitutes, and drugs. (h/t

“The state of Nevada is where drugs, prostitution and gambling are officially permitted,” Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) said. “Let them work on themselves.”

Khabib was paid half of his $2 million disclosed purse immediately after McGregor fight, while the other part was withheld by NSAC until the end of the process.

Khabib Nurmagomedov believes UFC could make an Interim champion title fight between Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier while he is under suspension.

“I think they will make the INTERIM CHAMPION TITLE FIGHT. IT CAN BE DONE between Dustin PoIrier and Ferguson. Who wins, he will become a temporary champion. And then at the end of the year we will fight for a real belt. I think this can happen. I don’t know for sure yet.”

But it seems Khabib Nurmagomedov is done fighting in Nevada. According to his manager Ali Abdelaziz, “Eagle” targets a big UFC return in November 2019 in Madison Square Garden, New York.

What are your thoughts on Khabib’s statements?

Published on February 6, 2019 at 10:20 am
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