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Instead, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the fighters will not attend the NSAC hearing in Las Vegas becasue they have reached settlement agreements with the state. Those agreements, the report says, will be presented to the NSAC and voted on by the five-member panel.
Terms of the settlements are not yet known. But the fighters all faced fines, suspensions and other potential punishments, such as community service, for their roles in a brawl that came after UFC 229 this past October at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, two of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cornermen, also were on the agenda and reportedly settled in advance of the hearing.
The UFC 229 melee was touched off when Khabib Nurmagomedov leapt over the octagon following a fourth-round submission of McGregor and attacked Dillon Danis, who was there cageside in support of the Irish star. McGregor then leapt onto the cage and was stopped by an NSAC official, but he still took a swipe at Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who then fought back along with Tukhugov as a melee played out in the cage.
The commission still is holding $1 million of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s $2 million disclosed purse held in the wake of the brawl. The commission has the legal right to fine Nurmagomedov and McGregor 100 percent of their purses, though that’s highly unlikely to happen.
With the fighters’ settlements likely to be approved by the NSAC, that leaves just one more controversial situation on the agenda.
Jon Jones will go before the commission to discuss a series of drug test results conducted by UFC anti-doping partner U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). A Dec. 9 out-of-competition test revealed trace amounts of a long-term metabolite of oral turinabol, prompting NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell and NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett to call for a hearing in advance of Jones’ scheduled fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232. Because the commission was unable to convene a hearing prior to the Dec. 28 event, the UFC chose to move the event from Nevada to California, where Jones had already received a license.
In a statement, the commission ordered Jones to appear at an evidentiary hearing to “allow for a measured, thoughtful and comprehensive discussion of his anti-doping testing protocol and results and provide an opportunity for the NSAC to determine the approriate path forward for him in Nevada.”
As MMAjunkie reported this past week, Jones again tested positive for the same metabolite while also passing additional tests. He has not been sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission or USADA because experts have determined the levels in his system are residual from a 2017 positive that resulted in a 15-month suspension. Jones has denied knowingly using any performance-enhancers.
For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.
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