The current UFC Lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been fined $500k and given a Nine Month suspension by the NSAC. His suspension is retroactive to the UFC 229 brawl date of October 6, 2018.
Nurmagomedov was also given the option of reducing his suspension to Six Months if he provides a public service announcement speaking out against bullying. The announcement must be made in conjunction with the UFC and the Las Vegas Metro Police Deartment. The NSAC has final approval over the announcement and whether it is sufficient to be broadcast in exchange for reduction in sentencing.
His fine of $500K is 25% of his stated UFC 229 fight purse of $2,000,000. With the suspension being retroactive, Khabib will be eligible to return to the Octagon on July 6, 2019. If Khabib complies with the terms of the anti-bullying announcement option, He could return in early April. Looking forward, these dates potentionally line up with UFC International Fight Week and UFC 236, respectively. Regardless of sentencing, it is unlikely that he will participate in any competition during Ramadan. Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam runs from May 5th to June 4th of 2019.
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