- It did not take long for Conor McGregor to break his silence after getting slapped with a six-month ban and a $US50,000 fine by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
- McGregor was punished for the role he played in the post-fight riots that marred his UFC 229 loss to his lightweight rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
- McGregor, however, bragged on Twitter on Wednesday that he had landed the “final blow of the night.”
- McGregor will be permitted to fight in Las Vegas again beginning April 6, and it is looking increasingly likely that he will compete against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Conor McGregor bragged about landing the “final blow” just hours after fight regulators slapped him with a six-month ban and a $US50,000 fine for his actions following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
After McGregor was submitted with a tight neck crank in the fourth round of his wild loss to Nurmagomedov, instead of celebrating, the Russian wrestler mounted the fence to seemingly charge at McGregor’s cage-side friend Dillon Danis.
While that was going on, members of Nurmagomedov’s team invaded the cage and were seen attacking McGregor.
A disciplinary hearing was held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday to hand out punishments to both fighters for the parts they played in the post-fight brawls.
The Nevada commission voted to hand McGregor a six-month ban and a $US50,000 fine, while Nurmagomedov was given a nine-month ban and a $US500,000 fine. Both suspensions are backdated to October 6, which was the date the UFC 229 event took place. Nurmagomedov can have three months of his ban reduced if he delivers and distributes an anti-bullying message, according to Reuters.
On Wednesday, McGregor made his first post on social media since learning he would not be able to fight in Las Vegas until April 6 – and it included a brag about the accuracy of a punch he landed during the riot.
“I am thankful for the Nevada Athletic Commission’s fair assessment and handling of the brawl incident,” he said on Twitter. “It was not my intention to land the final blow of the night on my opponent’s blood relative. It’s just how it played out. I look forward to competing again soon. Thank you all.
“Straight left hand inside the attacker’s jab,” he added in a second tweet. “He attempted to use the big security guard that’s in all the movies as cover, but I could smell him a mile away and landed flush down the pipe. The final blow of the night UFC 229 in association with McGregor Sports and Entertainment.”
McGregor accompanied his tweet with two photos of the incident.
Straight left hand inside the attackers jab.
He attempted to use the big security guard that’s in all the movies as cover, but I could smell him a mile away and landed flush down the pipe.
The final blow of the night UFC 229 in association with McGregor Sports and Entertainment. pic.twitter.com/h4GO46oX3a
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2019
McGregor will be free to fight again in early April, and it will most likely be against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who is the most winningest fighter in UFC history.
Cerrone is on a vicious two-fight winning stretch that recently caught the attention of McGregor. It is a fight that Cerrone wants, and the UFC boss Dana White has said it’d be a “fun” bout to make.
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