UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is slated to be headlined by current lightweight king Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov taking on interim champion Dustin Poirier in a unification bout.
Possibly one of the reasons the bout wasn’t set in stone might be champ Nurmagomedov’s wish to not return until suspensions against his teammates were not reduced. That being said, the UFC has obliged his wish. The Nevada State Athletic Commission today approved a 35-day reduction in the current suspensions of Khabib’s teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov.
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ОФИЦИАЛЬНО❗️ Атлетическая комиссия штата Невада вынесла вердикт по делу @zubairatukhugov и @abubakar_nurmagomedov Комиссия сократила отстранение бойцов на 35 дней, таким образом Зубайра и Абубакар могут драться на #UFC242 в Абу-Даби! We ready and we coming InshaAllah. DreamTeam and real Family ☝️
Nurmagomedov and Tukhugov, have already paid their $25,000 fines, must now complete 10 hours of community service aimed at benefitting the youth.
“Provided it is significant and productive for the youth, upon my approval and recommendation to the commission, the commission would then reduce their suspension 35 days, thus allowing them to fight on or after after Sept. 2,” NSAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMA Junkie.