UPDATE: Both Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were temporarily suspended by the UFC after the fight and Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit if UFC fires McGregor.
“I have never and would never denigrate anyone’s religion.” Those were the words Dillon Danis, teammate of Conor McGregor, in a statement after Khabib Nurmagomedov attacked him outside the Octagon in Las Vegas on October 6.
Danis Accused of Hateful Speech
It was after Nurmagomedov had won his fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 when he jumped out of the cage like a WWE Superstar and launched himself at Danis.
Apparently, Nurmagomedov heard Danis make hateful and disrespectful comments towards him for being a Muslim.
That clearly didn’t sit well with the Russian fighter and his team as all hell broke loose with some members of Nurmagomedov’s team jumping in the cage to beat McGregor who was still feeling the effects of the extreme and hard beating at the hands of Nurmagomedov.
It was reported that Danis made Nurmagomedov angry by calling him a “f****ing Muslim rat” during the bout which at the time saw Nurmagomedov give Danis a death stare between the second and third rounds.
Denial by Danis
Danis who is an MMA fighter was one of McGregor’s cornermen during the fight against Nurmagomedov. He released a statement denying that he made anti-Muslim slurs. He said: “Khabib fans are attempting to smear me in an effort to justify his actions.
“I have never and would never denigrate anyone’s religion. I look forward to the results of the Nevada Gaming Commission investigation which will reject this bull***t claim and put the blame where it belongs.”
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) October 9, 2018
Despite Danis and his representatives denying firing anti-Muslim slurs at Nurmagomedov, TMZ claims that they spoke to many people who were sitting close to Danis during the fight. The witnesses said they heard him throwing insulted at the Russian.
In an attempt to defend his actions Nurmagomedov said he wants to apologize to the Nevada State Athletic Commission but was still shocked as to why everybody didn’t see McGregor’s comments as disrespectful in the build-up to their fight.
This is not my best side. He talked about my religion, my father, my country You cannot talk about religion, you cannot talk about a nation, you cannot talk about this stuff. For me, this is very important.
The Irish fighter threw all kinds of insults to Nurmagomedov and his team in the build-up to the fight, from calling him a “Dagestani rat,” and his father a “quivering coward” … to referring to his Egypt-born manager, Ali Abdelaziz, as “a terrorist.”
According to Des Bieler of the Washington Post, Nurmagomedov had his $2 million cheque withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission pending an inquiry into the brawl. Three of his teammates, some of whom jumped into the cage and attacked Conor McGregor, were arrested then released when the latter didn’t press charges.
Russian President Gets Involved
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Nurmagomedov on Wednesday to congratulate him on his impressive win over the weekend.
#Putin congratulates #KhabibNurmagomedov on his win over #ConorMcGregor, adding that ‘when someone provokes us from outside, there can be hell to pay’https://t.co/GVe5meQroN pic.twitter.com/XPd3Oas1Y0
— RT (@RT_com) October 11, 2018
Floyd Mayweather, who fought against Conor McGregor in 2017 for a big pay cheque, described Nurmagomedov’s behavior as unprofessional and worthy of a fine.
“McGregor is a tough competitor but McGregor’s opponent jumped out of the ring and was fighting people in the crowd – so very unprofessional,” Mayweather said.
“It’s going to be a huge fine I’m pretty sure because, with my fight against Zab Judah, there was a crazy melee in the ring and a huge penalty – a huge fine. If I’m not mistaken, seven figures.”