On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that both Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been suspended after inciting the brawl that followed their UFC 229 bout

The commission has placed most of the burden on Nurmagomedov as he is barred from competing in the state for nine months and has been fined $500,000. In comparison, McGregor was only subjected to a six-month suspension with a $50,000 fine.

This decision is a result of the post-fight melee that took place on Oct. 6, 2018. After forcing McGregor into submission, the tauntings of someone in Conor's camp led Nurmagomedov to scale the UFC's famed cage octagon and fly into the crowd after the heckler. The anger was an accumulation of disrespectful jeers Conor threw at Khabib in the midst of trying to sell the fight. At one point McGregor called Khabib's father a "quivering coward" in addition to his McGregor's coach attacking Khabib's Islamic faith.

Nurmagomedov explained that these antics (which continued after the match was over) incited their brawl. "I want to say sorry to the athletic commission, sorry to Vegas," Khabib said at a press conference that immediately followed the fight. "This is not my best side, I'm a human being and I don't know how people can talk about me jumping out the cage. What about him talking about my family, my religion...people, the media, change MMA. This is a respect sport, not a trash-talking sport. Guys, you cannot talk about religion. This stuff is important."

However, as witnessed by the way the state commission distributed punishment, they have little sympathy for Khabib and feel as though problems should only be handled in the ring.