Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have reportedly both negotiated settlement deals with the Nevada State Athletic Commission ahead of a hearing later today in which they were set to discover what punishments they may have been handed out for their part in the brawls that took place inside and outside the Octagon following UFC 229 in Las Vegas last year.
At this stage it’s unclear what the terms of the two fighters settlements are, but the five NSAC members on the panel today will now have to vote on whether to accept their deals or not.
This means that neither McGregor or Nurmagomedov will actually attend today’s hearing and neither will two more of Nurmagomedov’s teammates, who were also involved in the fracas and are also believed to have negotiated settlements ahead of time.
There is still another controversial case to be seen by NSAC today however, with Jon Jones set to attend the hearing as they look into the matter of him being found to have trace amounts of oral turinabol metabolites in his system prior to his UFC 232 title fight with Alexander Gustafsson, which had led to the entire event being moved from Las Vegas to California on short notice.
That was because NSAC didn’t have time to fully investigate the matter, while CSAC took less of a hard line, taking on-board experts advice that this was not a new instance of Jones taking the banned substance, but rather a very small residual amount still left in his system from when he was suspended previously.
It remains to be seen if NSAC will now follow suit today, which would give the official green light for Jones next fight with Anthony Smith to take place at UFC 235 in March.