Khabib Nurmagomedov Will Get Half of $2 Mil Purse from UFC 229, For Now
Khabib NurmagomedovTo Get Half of $2 Mil Purse from UFC 229... For Now
10/24/2018 9:45 AM PT
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has just approved a motion to release HALF of Khabib Nurmagomedov's $2 million purse from UFC 229 immediately.
The other $1 million will be held until Khabib's next hearing in front of the commission on Dec. 10 -- where the board will decide Khabib's ultimate punishment for the melee at the Oct. 6 incident.
Board members said during the hearing that they felt the $1 million they're still holding will cover all expenses related to the incident and is substantial enough to keep Khabib interested in the hearing.
Translation -- it's too much money for Khabib to blow off the commission.
NSAC officials noted that Khabib made roughly $5 to $6 million from the UFC 229 fight. It's interesting, considering Conor McGregor said he expected to make around $50 mil.
They also said had the board had access to additional video from the UFC 229 melee, they would have held Conor McGregor's purse as well.
As it stands now, both are due to appear in front of the Commission -- in person -- in December after the investigation is complete.