Russian UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is blaming “politics” for his $500k fine and 9-month suspension for instigating the infamous post-fight brawl following his lightweight title defense against Conor McGregor in October.

Nurmagomedov responded to the punishment levied against him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Tuesday, tweeting “politics forever” moments after his section of the hearing concluded, apparently suggesting that the process was far from impartial

Shortly after he also posted on Instagram titled“wake me up, when it’s all over.”

The UFC lightweight champion was not in attendance for the hearing but his manager Ali Abdelaziz told MMA journalist Ariel Helwani that he didn’t believe the financial aspect punishment was above board.

I don’t think it’s fair. Khabib gets $500k and Conor gets $50k? I think it’s bullsh**,” Abdelaziz said, though he did maintain that the 9-month suspension (which could be reduced to 6-months by contributing to an anti-bullying PSA) was acceptable.

That’s fair. They’ll both get six months. But for his teammates, it’s too much.”

Dillon Danis, McGregor’s teammate who was the target of Khabib’s atack immediately after the bout, responded to Nurmagomedov’s tweet saying, “Shut up.”  

WE need a rematch. 

The bad blood is real, and it’s not going away anytime soon. 

Maybe by the end of the year these two will meet again. 

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