If you’re not quite sure where to assign the most blame for this past Saturday’s UFC 229 post-fight melee, one party involved tonight said accusations leveled his way are misguided.
Bellator fighter Dillon Danis, one of Conor McGregor’s training partners and jiu-jitsu coaches, posted tonight on his Instagram Story that Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fans are “attempting to smear me in an effort to justify his actions.” His team at Paradigm Sports Management, which also represents McGregor, tonight put out the same official statement from Danis as a press release.
That story line reads that Danis was insulting Nurmagomedov’s (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) Muslim faith form cageside, so after Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in the fourth round, he jumped the fence and went after Danis. But Danis tonight denied insulting Nurmagomedov’s religion.
“I have never and would never denigrate anyone’s religion,” Danis wrote on his Instagram Story. “I look forward to the results of the Nevada State Athletic Commission investigation which will reject this bull(expletive) claim and put the blame where it belongs.”
Without question, Nurmagomedov was going after Danis when he tore over the fence and out of the cage after the UFC 229 main event was over. But the precise reason why may remain a he said/he said. Once that happened, there was a melee outside the cage, and another started inside the cage when McGregor swung at one of Nurmagomedov’s team members, and multiple Nurmagomedov teammates came in and attacked McGregor.
Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight title with the win over the former two-division champion, who was returning to MMA after nearly two years with just a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in between. But Nurmagomedov’s purse reportedly is being held still by the NSAC while it conducts an investigation, and it widely is believed both fighters will be handed some kind of official punishment from the commission.
UFC President Dana White said earlier this week the fight card did “way more than 2 million” pay-per-view buys, which set a new high-water mark for the company.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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