As the rest of the world reels from the fallout at UFC 229, MMA's one-man Woodward-and-Bernstein Ariel Helwani appeared on ESPN to explain what is set to happen next for Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagamedov.
Khabib yesterday threatened to quit the UFC over the promotion's treatment of his teammate, Zubaira Tukhugov, following the weekend's events in Las Vegas. Tukhugov was one of those to enter the octagon following the fight between Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Tukhugov was pictured striking McGregor.
The UFC subsequently cancelled a fight which was due to take place between Tukhugov and McGregor teammate, Artem Lobov, later this month at a Fight Night event in Canada.
McGregor, meanwhile, has remained relatively quiet, but has hinted at a potential rematch.
On ESPN, Helwani didn't comment on the possibility of a rematch, but did confirm that both fighters will be given ten-day suspensions. These may be extended by a sitting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on October 24th, at which it will be decided whether the fighters should be indefinitely suspended while an investigation takes place.
Helwani says that it is likely that McGregor will receive a suspension of some kind, as a result of his jumping on the cage and reacting to the melee.
Elsewhere, Khabib is yet to receive any of his $2 million purse for the fight, although McGregor has been paid.
Helwani also said it is unlikely that Khabib follows through on his threat to quit the UFC entirely.
Watch it below.
SportsCenter update on what’s next for Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor in Nevada. pic.twitter.com/55eEL9BVQJ
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 11, 2018