Much like Conor McGregor’s situation earlier, Khabib Nurmagomedov has now also been granted a continuance in his Nevada commission case. News comes from MMA Fighting, with NAC’s Bob Bennett stating that the lightweight champion wouldn’t be getting any sanctions relating to the UFC 229 brawl until January 2019 at the earliest.
According to Bennett, their next commission meeting is scheduled for January 29, and both Khabib and McGregor’s disciplinary hearings are expected to be part of it.
Settlement agreements could also happen before then, but with both fighters still provisionally suspended, it looks like the lightweight title picture will be a bit messy until early 2019.
Both men are likely facing fines and suspensions stemming from their actions during the post-fight melee that happened last October. It wouldn’t be his call, but Dana White recently went on record to say that suspending the lightweight champ for over a year “would not be fair.”
Once everything gets sorted out, Tony Ferguson should be the rightful number one contender for the lightweight belt. Title shots are never really a sure thing in MMA though, and there could always be other — admittedly also stylistically intriguing — match ups that could be made as well.