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Dillon Danis, two others receive extensions on temporary suspensions for UFC 229 brawl involvement

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Dillon Danis and two other fighters involved in the brawl that followed the UFC 229 main event will be out of competition for a little while longer as they await further judgment.

At a meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, the committee ruled that Danis, Zubaira Tukhugov, and Abubakar Nurmagomedov will all receive extensions on their current suspensions pending a disciplinary hearing, which is expected to take place at a future NAC meeting in either December or January.

The three men are associates of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, who also took part in the brawl after Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor by fourth-round submission on Oct. 6 at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov and McGregor received extensions on temporary suspensions on Oct. 24 and they await further judgment at the next NAC meeting on Dec. 10.

Danis, Tukhugov, and Abubakar (currently competing for Bellator, the UFC, and the PFL, respectively) were all under temporary suspension following the events of Oct. 6. None showed up at Wednesday’s meeting.

Also absent on Wednesday were Nurmagomedov associates Rizvan Magomedov and Esedulla Emiragaev, who were listed on the NAC agenda. Both were involved in the brawl, with Magomedov getting into an argument with Danis after the fight and then later entering the cage once McGregor began to trade punches with Nurmagomedov’s teammates. Magomedov was later detained by Las Vegas Metro police.

Emiragaev was one of the men in the cage who appeared to land a punch on McGregor.

The cases of Magomedov and Emiragaev were not addressed.

Danis was a central figure in the UFC 229 post-main event brawl. After Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor, the lightweight champ leapt over the cage to confront Danis, who was in McGregor’s corner, inciting a brawl that saw several figures become physically involved. Several witnesses claim that Danis was using anti-Muslim language to taunt Nurmagomedov, a claim that Danis has vehemently denied.

Currently competing in the UFC’s featherweight division, Tukhugov has already felt some repercussions for his actions. He was removed from a bout at UFC Moncton, where he was supposed to fight McGregor teammate Artem Lobov, and UFC president Dana White vowed that anyone involved in the UFC 229 brawl would be released. As of today, Tukhugov is still a member of the UFC roster.

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