The other side of the coin.
Conor McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis, has finally aired his side regarding the ugly post-fight fracas that happened last Saturday at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner has denied recent accusations that he yelled offensive comments at UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The 25-year old rose to prominence when Team McGregor made a recruitment coup in 2016 for Conor’s rematch with Nate Diaz. Danis and Conor Wallace were added to Conor’s training camp ahead of the fight, with the former in charge of improving the Irish Star’s ground game.
Currently, he competes in the Santa Monica, California-based MMA promotion, Bellator. He also trained The Notorious for his highly-anticipated clash with Nurmagomedov, dubbed as the biggest fight in UFC history.
Unfortunately, McGregor was dealt with a deflating loss in the UFC 229 headliner as Khabib displayed his monster form to submit his challenger in the fourth round via a rear naked choke. But seconds after the fight, the reigning lightweight titlist went ballistic and jumped over the cage to attack Danis.
According to multiple reports, it was Danis who sparked the post-fight melee after he hurled harsh comments at the lightweight champ. Nurmagomedov lost his composure and immediately confronted him.
— The Fight Library (@fightlibrarypod) October 7, 2018
Danis Denies The Allegations
Brian Ortega revealed that the jiu-jitsu coach has sustained major injuries from the post-fight fracas. He told TMZ on Wednesday that Danis suffered a swollen eye and concussion after some members of the crowd threw punches to his head.
“He was cool about the whole situation. He wouldn’t really tell me much. He was just like, ‘Yeah, man, s*** got crazy. ‘These guys started throwing (punches), I started throwing’. One of his eyes was swollen. He was just like, ‘Yeah, man, I think they gave me a concussion.’” (transcript from Express)
Meanwhile, Danis himself set the record straight as he finally broke his silence regarding the incident. He issued his first statement since the post-fight brawl on Wednesday, telling ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that the allegations against him were not true.
Read his statement below:
Here’s Conor McGregor’s teammate @dillondanis’ first comments since Saturday night. Danis has been accused of calling Khabib Nurmagomedov an anti-Muslim slur and sparking the melee after the UFC 229 main event. pic.twitter.com/MsXMKbELzQ
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 11, 2018
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is currently probing the incident, with both Nurmagomedov and McGregor likely to face suspension.