Det var en mycket händelserik uppbyggelse inför mötet mellan Conor McGregor och Khabib Nurmagomedov under UFC 229, där McGregor blanad annat kastade en pirra mot en buss med fighters i jakt på Khabib och hans mycket personliga trash talk mot den ryske mästarens familj, hans team och religion.
Khabib segrade mot McGregor via submission i fjärde ronden, varpå han hoppade ur buren för att attackera McGregors träningspartner Dillon Danis, som ska ha provocerat honom under matchen. Detta har lett till avstängningar och böter för de inblandade, där Danis fick böter på 7000 kr och avstängning på 7 månader.
Danis berättar nu via Ariel Helwani MMA Show vad det var som gjorde att Khabib gick till attack mot honom:
This started I think in the third or second round. I was behind the cage and he (Khabib) started to come, he was pointing and saying stuff to me. I was thinking in my head this guy is crazy. I was just trying to focus on my friend and he kept saying stuff and cursing. Like this dude is insane. Even in between rounds, he was eyeing and mouthing stuff. It started during the fight so I could kind of sense he was in a different state of mind.
After the fight, even with Nate Diaz, any of them, it is usually respect. I would never ever start a fight with someone after a fight. I’m a martial artist from the beginning, since I was a kid. That is just not who I am. I’m not going to be the kind of guy after a fight to be like ‘F you.’ You know? That is just not me.
After the fight was over I was obviously in shock. Conor is one of my closest friends, training partners, I care about him a lot. I got up and I’m just sitting there because I just saw my friend lose. I felt someone hitting me on the back really hard so I’m thinking it was the commission trying to go in the cage. I look back and it was him (Rizvan Magomedov). So I’m like what’s up. Then I turn around and see Khabib throw the mouthpiece or something and there was spit on me because when he threw the mouthpiece, there was spit everywhere. So I was like ‘alright come here.’ So he ended up jumping the cage and whatever happened happened. It was crazy, it just kind of happened.
Danis kommer att göra sin comeback i Bellator när han möter Max Humphrey under Bellator 221 i maj.
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