McGregor teammate denies inciting Nurmagomedov with anti-Muslim slur
The teammate of Conor McGregor who was the target when Khabib Nurmagomedov leaped from the cage at UFC 229 is denying he incited the Russian fighter with an anti-Muslim slur. Dillon Danis described reports that he made the comments as a “smear,” and he said an official investigation into the ensuing melee would vindicate him.
Danis, McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach and an MMA fighter in his own right, was working Saturday as one of the Irish fighter’s cornermen when Nurmagomedov punctuated his successful UFC lightweight title defence by climbing out of the octagon and jumping into the crowd. After being led away from the skirmish, Nurmagomedov had his $2-million purse withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission pending an inquiry into the incident.
According to a report Monday by TMZ Sports, which cited a “ringside witness,” Danis had enraged Nurmagomedov by calling him a “f-ing Muslim rat.” The witness told the website Nurmagomedov, a practising Sunni Muslim, “shot a death stare right at Dillon” between the second and third rounds after hearing some of the insults Danis was allegedly hurling at him.
“I have never and would never denigrate anyone’s religion,” Danis said, in a statement published by ESPN. Vladimir Putin weighs in. Read more at thestar.com/sports
Following allegations from a witness, a member of Conor McGregor’s team says he would never denigrate anyone’s religion.