The paycheck of mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov has been withheld after officials began their investigation into the brawl which broke out after his UFC 229 fight with Ireland’s Conor McGregor, FOX Business has reported.
The Russian picked up a comprehensive submission victory over his Irish counterpart in the fourth round of the fight. After the victory, he then went on to attack McGregor’s entourage.
The dazed Irish fighter was attacked in the ring while chaos broke outside the ring.
Nurmagomedov in his post-fight press conference said that his opponent had targeted his religion and country before the fight.
“He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father,” Nurmagomedov said. “He came to Brooklyn and he broke bus. He almost killed a couple people. Worry about this [expletive]. Why people talk about I jump on cage? Why people still talk about this? I don’t understand.”
Nevada State Athletic Commission said that the Nurmagomedov was to receive a $2 million guaranteed base salary for the fight.
Nurmagomedov is to be paid a share of revenue from pay-per-view sales but his portion of the proceeds is unclear. McGregor was paid a base salary of $3 million for the fight.
UFC officials have yet to announce if Nurmagomedov or members of his camp will face internal discipline for the brawl.
“The Nevada Athletic Commission pulled footage from us and there’s an investigation going on,” UFC President Dana White said at a post-fight press conference. “They are withholding Khabib’s purse, they are not withholding Conor McGregor’s, “They looked at the footage and felt that there was no need to withhold his purse, and they’re keeping Khabib’s.”
The commission’s executive director Bob Bennett confirmed that a “full investigation” into the post-match brawl is under way. White has said that the Russian fighter can face suspension or be fined for his role in the brawl.