Conor McGregor's teammate who was the target when Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped blindly from the cage of UFC 229 denies having incited the Russian fighter with an anti-Muslim insult. Dillon Danis described the reports that made the comments as a "stain," and said Wednesday that an official investigation into the melee that will follow would claim it.
Danis, the jiu-jitsu coach of McGregor and an MMA fighter in his own right, Saturday worked as one of the cornerstars of the Irish fighter when Nurmagomedov emphasized his successful defense of the UFC title, coming out of the & # 39; Octagon and jumping in the crowd sitting nearby. After being taken away from the skirmish, Nurmagomedov received his $ 2 million purse held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission awaiting an investigation into the incident, and three of his teammates, some of the who entered the cage and attacked McGregor, were arrested, then released when the latter refused to file a complaint
According to a report Monday by TMZ Sports, who cited a "front row witness", Danis had enraged Nurmagomedov calling it a "fucking Muslim rat" towards the end of the meeting. The witness told the website that Nurmagomedov, a practicing Sunni Muslim, "fired a deadly blow to Dillon" between the second and third rounds after hearing some of the insults that Danis would throw on him.
"Khabib fans are trying to spread me in an attempt to justify his actions," said Danis, in a statement published by ESPN. "I have never and never wanted to deny anyone's religion. I look forward to the results of the Nevada Gaming Commission's investigation that will reject this request [B.S.] and will blame those who belong to it."
In an update of his report, TMZ noted that Danis' representatives had told the Web site that "absolutely did not fire" to Nurmagomedov, and that "the witness we spoke with is completely wrong". However, TMZ claimed to have spoken to "more groups of people who were sitting very close" to Danis, who insisted that "they heard him shouting insults" to the Russian.
In a post-combat press conference on Saturday, Nurmagomedov apologized for his behavior, but he wondered out loud that he would not do more than what he considered unacceptable McGregor's comments during the accumulation pre-fight.
"It speaks of my religion, it speaks of my country, father", said Nurmagomedov of McGregor, adding: "This is a respectful sport, it is not a trash-talking sport … You can not talk about religion, not one can speak of a nation, one can not speak of this stuff. This is very important. "
Nurmagomedov referred to the verbal verses of McGregor which included the epithet," Dagestani rat ", as well as his father he was called a "shuddering coward" in a post on social media from Ireland. In addition, McGregor offered whiskey to Nurmagomedov and called his Egyptian manager, Ali Abdelaziz, a "terrorist".
During the meeting with Nurmagomedov on Wednesday to offer his congratulations in person, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the fighter's place the fighting actions were unfortunate but also understandable, given the goad that was receiving .
"Someone could have jumped [from the cage] in the same way", said Putin (via RT). "If we get attacked from outside, not just from you, we could all blow up like that … there could be hell to pay."
"But", added Putin, "it is better not to reach that level."
That observation reportedly aroused smiles and nods of agreement from the fighter and his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who participated also at the meeting in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk. The elderly Nurmagomedov said at the beginning of this week that "will impose a harder punishment than that of the UFC" on his son for unleashing the melee, but Putin asked his father not to punish Nurmagomedov "too strictly."
McGregor had used the Russian president for another of his attempts to get under the skin of Nurmagomedov, during a promotional aspect in September in which it was noted that both fighters participated in the final of the World Cup in July in Moscow . Instead McGregor was present as a guest of Putin ̵
"Do you lack respect for your President Vladimir Putin?" McGregor shouted to Nurmagomedov at that moment. "Are you disrespecting your President Vladimir Putin? So what do you mean by this?"
On Wednesday, however, Putin was happy to show his respect and admiration for Nurmagomedov's triumph, calling him "worthy and convincing". In turn, the fighter declared on Instagram that he was "very happy that my victory brought so much joy to our multinational country", calling it "our common victory".
First published by The Washington Post