DILLON DANIS has broken his silence and has made his first public statement since UFC 229.
Danis, one of Conor McGregor’s team-mates present at the fight in Las Vegas on Saturday, was targeted by Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian’s stoppage win.
A brawl broke out immediately after the fight, when Nurmagomedov jumped over the Octagon cage and confronted Danis.
It was reported that Danis was targeted by Khabib after he started arguing with Rizvan Magomedov – a member of the Russian’s entourage.
And according to a report from American publication TMZ, Nurmagomedov may have reacted after Danis had called him an anti-Muslim slur.
“I have never and would never denigrate anyone’s religion”
But Danis, who fights in the UFC’s rival company Bellator and is McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, has broken his silence.
In a statement released to ESPN, he denied the allegation, saying: “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 bulls——-claim and put the blame where it belongs.”
Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight title after submitting McGregor in the fourth round at the T-Mobile Arena.
After the fight, the Irish star, still exhausted after his loss, was himself punched several times by members of Nurmagomedov’s team.
A heavy security presence stopped the situation from escalating rapidly officials took a dim view of the situation, withholding Nurmagomedov’s fight purse while it investigates.
While multiple people were detained by Las Vegas police, McGregor refused to press charges and everyone was released.
McGregor has since been suspended for one month on medical grounds following the defeat.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the event, has banned McGregor from fighting until November 6 and said he was to have no contact training until October 28.
Nurmagomedov later expressed regret at what had unfolded but showed his disdain for McGregor’s behaviour leading up to the fight.
He said: “First of all I want to say sorry to Nevada Athletic Commission and second to Vegas. I know this is not my best side. I’m a human being.
“But I don’t understand how people can talk about how I jump on the cage. He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father.”