McGregor would take to Twitter to issue a statement on the penalties levied against him, while also taking shots at UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and the champ’s team:
I am thankful for the Nevada athletic commissions fair assessment and handling of the brawl incident.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2019
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 attackers jab.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2019
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
Nurmagomedov would get a nine month suspension (six months if Khabib does PSAs) and a fine of $500,000 for his role in the post-fight melee.
UFC President Dana White would speak out against the punishment received by Nurmagomedov, stating that it was too harsh.
“I was obviously surprised how much they put on Khabib,” said White on ESPN Sportscenter (via MMA Fighting). “It was a half-million dollars and six months if he does some PSAs. They had the whole thing contained in seconds. It was a little harsh in my opinion. It is what it is.”
The lightweight champion has vowed to not compete again until Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov’s suspensions are complete, as they were handed one year suspensions from the NSAC.