Khabib’s prize money withheld for brawl with McGregor's team
The Russian fighter is thus punished for the mass brawl with the Irishman’s team.
UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov did not get the champion belt after defeating Conor McGregor. In addition, the record-high prize money in the amount of $2 million has been withdrawn for the time of the investigation. This was the decision of UFC Head Dana White. According to him, the incident must be investigated. At the same time, McGregor's fee (he will receive $3 million for the fight) has been approved.
Although the Russian athlete was officially declared the winner of the fight, he did not receive the UFC champion belt. Dana White explained his decision by the fact that Nurmagomedov had violated the rules by leaving the Octagon before the official announcement of the fight result.
However, in conversation with Nurmagomedov, the UFC head explained the refusal his actions somewhat different: "If I put this belt on you, people will lose their shit and start throwing stuff in The Octagon...”
After returning into the Octagon, Khabib demanded to hand him the champion belt. “Give me the belt! I have won! Put me in jail if I did something wrong, but for now, just give me the belt,” the fighter said.
It should be noted that the star match between Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov and Irishman Conor McGregor at UFC 229 became one of the most scandalous in the entire history of the tournament.
Immediately after Nurmagomedov won an early victory using a suffocating technique on the opponent, Irish fans began to shout insults and throw beer bottles and cans at Khabib. Nurmagomedov jumped out of the Octagon and started a fight with McGregor’s team. At the same time, in the Octagon, a mass brawl began with the participation of both fighters and members of their teams. As a result, law enforcement officers had to intervene.
Later at a press conference, the champion said he had been provoked. He apologized for climbing over the Octagon rail and taking part in the mass brawl with members of the Irish team.