After the “biggest fight in UFC history” quickly devolved into the biggest debacle this side of Brooklyn, the UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has yet to be paid as of this morning. According to a tweet from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Khabib’s team confirmed this information and Helwani added that the Nevada State Athletic commission informed UFC President Dana White that the Lightweight Champion’s pay is being held until further investigation of the UFC 229 post fight brawl.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has yet to be paid for last night’s fight, according to his team. The Nevada Athletic Commission told UFC president Dana White last night they were withholding his pay until further review of the post-fight incident. Conor McGregor was paid in full.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 7, 2018
The NSAC’s vague explanation gives no timeline or details on what the investigation will entail. Looking at what occurred would seem a pretty straightforward process. After all, several fan videos from multiple angles have surfaced nonstop since the incident.
Here’s the biggest question, though. What is the legality of of withholding someone’s pay? At a glance, it would appear to be a breach of contract. The NSAC is well within their right to conduct a hearing and assess a fine. And they most definitely will. But, to arbitrarily withhold a fighter’s pay after they have completed their end of the agreement seems illegal. And at the very least, unethical.
Khabib is certainly complicit in the massive brawl that erupted outside the cage when he lept from the Octagon and attacked Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, Dillon Danis. Like McGregor, Danis is a resident loudmouth of the MMA community. And obviously, he frequently draws a lot of heat for his trash talk. This time around it led to another inexcusable ruckus outside the realm of martial arts and sport, however McGregor and Danis are not to blame for what occurred.
As of this writing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has not responded to The Sports Post for an update on their investigation into Khabib Nurmagomedov’s participation in the debacle and the status of his pay. In the meantime, here are Dana White’s thoughts on the matter.
Will anything come of this?