Fined $500,000 and suspended for nine months, Nurmagomedov was obviously upset with how harsh his punishment was, but there was something else bothering him. The Commission also announced, however, that if the lightweight champ did an anti-bullying, public service announcement (PSA), his suspension could be reduced by three months. "Let them work on themselves [and their own behavior]".
Khabib Nurmagomedov has teased that he could be ready for another fight this summer. There were fighters who didn't fight for two years and didn't have their belts taken for a year and a half.
The full-length of his suspension would keep Nurmagomedov out until July, but the Dagestani champion has his eyes set on returning in November for the UFC's annual card at Madison Square Garden.
Fortunately, UFC President Dana White has an idea to solve said issue. Nurmagomedov can see this being the case, feeling the UFC could create a fight between Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier for the interim title, with him facing the victor in NY this November.
'It could be between Poirier and Ferguson.
Nurmagomedov can reduce his ban to six months if he takes part in an anti-bullying campaign. Much to the dismay of the champion, Nurmagomedov said that he would not fight again until Tukhugov and Abubakar's suspensions are up, meaning he is sitting out until the end of the year. I think that could happen.
Nurmagomedov later captioned an Instagram post with DiCaprio: "He knows about UFC more than me".