What next for Khabib Nurmagomedov & Conor McGregor after UFC 229 turmoil?

Conor Mc Gregor speaking at a pre-fight press conference where he repeatedly insulted his opponent

But when Nurmagomedov promptly hurdled over the cage and fought with McGregor's taunting cornermen while his own teammates ambushed McGregor in the octagon, the Russian champion and his friends might have seriously damaged careers that were just about to take off.

Nurmagomedov was due to receive US$2 million ($3.1m) for his fight against McGregor, but the Nevada Athletic Commission is withholding his salary pending an investigation into the post-fight brawls.

"These guys are in big trouble", UFC President Dana White said.

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The build up and aftermath of the fight was dominated by McGregor and Khabib's rivalry and disgusting behaviour but on Saturday night it was an excellent and compelling fight and it's a shame it won't be remembered for that. "I warned him", Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov told RenTV.

As the fall-out continues from the violent scenes inside and outside the Octagon after Nurmagomedov had forced McGregor to tap out, we were joined by MMA Fighting's Deputy Managing Editor Marc Raimondi to discuss UFC229 and where that leaves the key protagonists.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has yet to be paid following his lightweight title win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 that ended in chaos, but that penalty might be the least of his worries. For instance, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been lined up three different times to fight and it still hasn't happened. After all were parties were separated, no one involved wished to press charges and no arrests occurred'. With the circumstances at hand, a fight with McGregor would seem much more likely considering their past history together. He also said the UFC took extra precautions to prevent this type of situation, but it was unavoidable. I wanted him to win because I'm exhausted of seeing that type of style win. The episode worsened when an unidentified associate of Nurmagomedov jumped into the cage and struck McGregor with two sucker punches to the back of the head. "I want to change the game, you can not talk about religion, about nationality". "I definitely know I could beat him the only catch is to try and get down to 155 pounds". We (fighters) are sportsmen and champions and we should hold ourselves to a higher standard.

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