UFC President Dana White was in attendance at UFC 229, where UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov hopped the Octagon wall to go after Conor McGregor’s corner to incite a huge brawl.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is expected to hand Nurmagomedov his punishment this Monday, but White doesn’t expect it to be a severe one.
“I can’t see them giving Khabib over a year,” White said at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale post-fight press conference. “If it’s over a year, come on, man. That would not be fair. The whole thing was over in 40 seconds. Nobody got touched. Nobody got hurt. Nothing happened.”
McGregor was also expected to receive a punishment on Monday, but was granted a continuance by the NSAC.
While White doesn’t want Nurmagomedov to get suspended for a long time, one thing he does believe is that the NSAC needs to send the fighter a message.
“I think that the Commission has to send a message, and I hope it’s not over a year,” he said. “I don’t think it would be fair.”
Neither White, Nurmagomedov or McGregor are expected to be in attendance when the NSAC meets this Monday to decide Nurmagomedov's fate.