Conor McGregor's team-mate Dillon Danis has broken his silence on the UFC 229 post-fight brawl in Las Vegas last October.
The Bellator fighter was at the centre of the melee with Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team after McGregor's submission loss to the Dagestani UFC Lightweight Champion, which resulted in a number of suspensions being handed out. Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov are yet to return to the Octagon following the incident, and Dillon Danis himself received a seven month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission for his part in the controversy.
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Speaking on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, Danis spoke publicly for the first time about the events leading up to the moment Nurmagomedov scaled the cage and mayhem ensued.
So this started in the third or second round... He kept trying to come, he was like pointing and saying stuff to me and I was thinking 'man this guys is crazy.' He kept coming and saying stuff and like cursing, and I was like 'alright this dude is insane.' So it started actually during the fight, the stuff was going on. You could kind of sense he was in a different state of mind.
After the fight was over I got up, obviously I'm in shock, Conor is one of my closest friends and training partners, I care for him a lot and I'm just sitting there you know, I've just seen my friend lose. I feel someone hitting me on the back really hard, and I'm thinking like maybe it's the commission or something trying to go into the cage. And then I look back and it was him (Rizvan Magomedov, part of Khabib's management team) and I was like 'what's up.' Then I turn around and I see Khabib throw a mouthpiece or something. It was kind of like he spit on me because he threw the mouthpiece and there was spit everywhere, so I was just like 'alright, come here.'
He jumped over the cage and whatever happened happened.
He didn't really hit me, and I remember throwing a right hand, I hit him with a right hand, and then I grabbed him in the clinch. I remember having a collar-tie on him and I was throwing uppercuts... It's weird because usually when you fight someone they wanna fight you, but he wasn't coming towards me, he was like going away from me and I was trying to bring him back with the collar-tie, and he kept cowering away. It was the weirdest thing ever. I was like 'how do you jump at me and then run away?'
Danis confirmed reports that McGregor had declined the option to press charges in the immediate aftermath of the fight, and he later went on to say he was 100% certain that a rematch between McGregor and Nurmagomedov would happen at some point.