Bellator welterweight and teammate of Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis has released his first statement following the post-UFC 229 brawl in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Danis was at the heart of the controversy, after lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who defeated Conor McGregor via fourth-round submission, jumped out of the octagon and attacked him, which incited a pull-apart brawl between numerous members of both teams.
Security at the T-Mobile Arena managed to break up the brawl although Danis was the victim of a number of shots during the melee, telling Brian Ortega later in the night that he had suffered a concussion.
Reports had surfaced during the week from TMZ that suggested that Danis had made an anti-muslim slur towards Khabib and thus was the reasoning behind his post-fight reaction, but the jiu-jitsu standout has staunchly denied these accusations in a statement to ESPN.
He outlined how Khabib fans had a smear campaign against him and that he hoped the Nevada State Athletic Commission would reject the “bullshit” claim.
“Khabib fans are attempting to smear me in an attempt 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 [sic]’s investigation which will reject this bulls*it claim and put the blame where it belongs.”
The NAC has held Nurmagomedov’s $2M fight purse as it investigates the near-riot in Las Vegas. No timetable has been set for the investigation’s conclusion.