Khabib Nurmagomedov vows to never fight in Las Vegas again over Conor McGregor brawl ban


Last October, the T-Mobile Arena in Sin City played host to Nurmagomedov’s biggest victory of his mixed martial arts career.

It was there the 29-year-old retained his lightweight title with a fourth-round submission victory over his predecessor at the summit of the lightweight division, Conor McGregor.

The pair’s grudge match will forever be remembered for the post-fight melee, which Nurmagomedov sparked by climbing over the cage and attempting to drop kick McGregor’s team-mate Dillon Danis.

The undefeated Russian received a whopping £396,000 ($500,000) fine and a nine-month suspension for his actions after the fight, which marred the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view event of all time.

In stark contrast to Nurmagomedov’s punishment, the Nevada State Athletic Commission bestowed a six-month suspension on McGregor and handed him a six-month ban for his part in the post-fight melee.

Nurmagomedov raged at his rivals sanction, tweeting: “Politics forever.”

And nearly five months after being banned by the NSAC, Nurmagomedov still has plenty of resentment towards the commission.

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” Nurmagomedov told BT Sport.

“Everybody see what happen in Vegas, victory on my side, we smash him [McGregor], we smash all his team.

“I don’t want to fight in Vegas anymore because they take his [McGregor’s] money and they take my money – ten more times his money.

“This is not about money this is about how all process going, I don’t want to fight in Vegas.

“If some great fights happens in Vegas I’m going to go and just watch, but I don’t want to fight anymore in Vegas.”

Nurmagomedov will make the second defence of his lightweight crown against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on September 7.

Talk of a rematch with McGregor has dominated the build-up to his 155lbs title unification fight, but the Dagestan native isn’t interested in sharing the Octagon with ‘The Notorious’ again anytime soon.

“If he deserves yes, but right now I’m not interested,” Nurmagomedov said of a second showdown with McGregor. “Why do I need the rematch, for what?

“Money is not bad but when you have too much money, it’s no good.”


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