KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV’S team-mates have received reduced UFC suspensions for their parts in the October post-fight brawl.
At UFC 229 after lightweight champion Nurmagomedov defeated rival Conor McGregor a melee broke out involving both fighters entourages.
McGregor was handed a six month penalty, Nurmagomedov nine and his team-mates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov were initially slapped with a one-year ban.
However, both men have seen their ban reduced by 35 days – which enables them to compete at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.
This is significant as Nurmagomoedov’s trainer Javie Mendez told SunSport in February the lightweight king will only return to the octagon once his team-mates are also eligible to fight.
The UFC has plans for Nurmagomedov to headline UFC 242 against interim champion Dustin Poirer.
That means Abubakar and Tukhugov, in Nurmagomedov’s eyes, would have to also be able to fight on the card – which they now can on the recommendation of Nevada State Athletic Commision director Bob Bennett.
Abubakar currently fights for PFL while Tukhugov was signed to the UFC – though he has not fought since a split decision loss to Renato Moicano at UFC 198 in May 2016.
Nurmagomedov’s team-mates were given suspensions after they attacked McGregor in the cage leaving a brawl to break out.
Meanwhile Nurmagomedov had jumped out of the cage to go after The Notorious’ training partner Dillon Danis.
McGregor recently stated “the war is not over” between himself and Nurmagomedov and even boasted about a punch he landed on Abubakar during the melee.
He said: “At the end of the day I landed the final blow of the night right on [Khabib’s] brother's eye socket.
“So at the end of the day, although the match didn’t go my way, the fight went my way.
“Trust me when I tell you Tony, this war is not over. If this fight does not happen again, if it does not get reset, it’s on them.
“They’re running away, I’m here for the fight, here for the rematch.”
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