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NAC investigating melee pressing UFC 279, threatens to take disciplinary action

NAC investigating melee pressing UFC 279, threatens to take disciplinary action

The Nevada Athletic Commission announced today, Monday, that the Nevada Athletic Commission is investigating the UFC 279 clash, and may punish those involved in the incident.

“If the Nevada Athletic Commission determines that licensees have acted improperly, we will initiate appropriate disciplinary action against all those involved,” NAC President Stephen Klobeck wrote in a prepared statement.

Klobeck said those found to have acted inappropriately face confiscation, revocation or suspension of their current Nevada combat license, refusal of applications for new applicants or denial of license in the future.

The NAC president wrote: “Although ‘unacceptable talk’ among competing athletes is common, any escalation in physical altercations may denigrate the sport of unarmed combat and is totally unacceptable.” Furthermore, he may display such behavior Participants for both civil and criminal liability. The Nevada Athletic Commission will act vigorously and decisively to protect and raise the bar for unarmed combat in Nevada.”

The statement arrives four days after the media event was canceled following a behind-the-scenes incident involving high-profile UFC 279 players Khameef Shemayev, Kevin Holland, Nate Diaz and several members of their camp. Confused UFC president Dana White noted that something had happened before the compression machine started and later canceled it when he said the environment was no longer safe. He later asserted that the confrontation between Shemayev and Holland was the catalyst for the clash.

Several accounts of the incident, including reports from MMA Fighting, said that the initial confrontation extended to Diaz and his team, who allegedly threw water bottles at Shimayev, his scheduled opponent at UFC 279. Until the day of the pay-per-view event on Saturday, there was little From the footage that surfaced to shed light on exactly what happened. Then the UFC and its broadcast partner ESPN released a video that appeared to show Shemayev kicking Holland; Chemayev’s coach said on social media that the Chechen fighter gave “shoes to his chest” to the Netherlands.

After Shemayev lost 7.5 pounds to his main champ with Diaz, he was rebooked to face the Netherlands and won the top spot by succumbing to the first round. Diaz went on to face Tony Ferguson and took a fourth-round win.

White said that the UFC will provide more security in the future to avoid confrontations between fighters and their camps; He said the situation at the press conference got out of hand because they were working with a “structural crew.”

NAC was sanctioned by those involved in clashes at the press conference; Its statute also allows for disciplinary action against those deemed to have discredited the unarmed combat. In 2014, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier were fined and ordered for community service after they quarreled at a media event for the scheduled UFC 178 meeting. The committee issued fines and suspensions to all involved in the infamous melee following the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor and their teams at UFC 229.

Below is the full commission statement.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Chairman Stephen J. Klobeck and CEO Jeff Mullen understand that the UFC press conference on Thursday, September 8, 2022, was called off mid-event. Early reports indicate a brawl occurred before and during the press conference, possibly involving licensed fighters and their associates.

The president has been in contact with UFC executives regarding the events of September 8. At this time, the UFC is working with the Nevada Athletic Commission on a full investigation into this incident. If the Nevada Athletic Commission determines that licensees have acted improperly, we will initiate appropriate disciplinary action against all concerned.

Although “unacceptable talk” between competing athletes is common, any escalation in physical altercations may discredit the sport of unarmed combat and is totally unacceptable. Furthermore, such behavior may expose participants to both civil and criminal liability. The Nevada Athletic Commission will act vigorously and decisively to protect and raise the level of unarmed combat in Nevada.

The Nevada Athletic Commission will strictly discipline all licensees for all incidents of physical violence between athletes outside the ring or cage, including wallet confiscation, revocation or suspension of any existing license, denial of applications for new applicants, or refusal to renew license in the future.

We expect Nevada’s professional fighters to act like professionals.


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