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Conor McGregor reacts to NAC fine and suspension: ‘I look forward to competing again soon’

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Conor McGregor has thanked the Nevada Athletic Commission of the back of him receiving a six-month retroactive ban from Oct. 6 and a fine of $50,000 for his involvement in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl.

“The Notorious” took to Twitter in the early hours of Wednesday morning to give his take on his suspension and fine.

“I am thankful for the Nevada athletic commissions fair assessment and handling of the brawl incident,” the post read. “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.”

McGregor doubled down on his statement about landing the last blow of the night in a second post that was released roughly 20 minutes after the initial reactionary post.

“Straight left hand inside the attackers jab,” McGregor wrote in the second post. “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.”

The commission assembled for a Tuesday hearing in Las Vegas where Khabib Nurmagomedov, the victor of the UFC 229 event, also received a $500,000 fine and retroactive ban of nine months for his involvement in the post-fight brawl. Nurmagomedov’s teammates, Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, were both issued one-year suspensions and $25,000 fines at the hearing.