THE Conor McGregor ally who was the target of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s rage after UFC 229 has finally spoken out about some of the accusations that have been lobbed toward him.
Dillon Danis was the man Nurmagomedov targeted after the Russian’s win over McGregor, and he’s been alleged to have hurled anti-Muslim slurs at the unbeaten champion.
According to a cageside witness who spoke with TMZ Sports, Danis drew a “death stare” by calling Nurmagomedov a “f***ing Muslim rat”.
“We spoke with a fan who was sitting in spitting distance from Danis during the fight — and we’re told Danis was running his mouth throughout most of the fight,” the report said.
“There was a moment between the second and third rounds when Khabib shot a death stare right at Dillon, according to our witness who says it was obvious Khabib heard at least some of the insults. But, we’re told the final straw was the Muslim insult that Danis hurled toward the end of the fight.”
Danis had initially called the claim ‘fake news’, but expanded on that with a statement to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
“Khabib fans are attempting to smear me in an effort to justify his actions,” Danis said.
“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 bulls*** claim and put the blame where it belongs.”
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Following the fight, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh appeared on the Joe Rogan Podcast, and said that he didn’t hear anything of that nature from Danis.
“(Danis) actually didn’t say anything,” Kavanagh said.
“I was standing beside Dillon. I didn’t see what he did but I could hear. He didn’t say anything. When I watched it back I could see him beckon (Nurmagomedov) on. It’s just stupid end of fight stuff. But it didn’t justify that level of response.
“Maybe there was something else in the build up. Dillon is a little bit of trouble online. But, like I said, it wasn’t that big of a deal to me what Khabib did. It just really wasn’t.”