Ever since the wild brawl that took place after the main event of UFC 229 on Saturday, there has been debate and confusion over what actually triggered it.
Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth round of their UFC lightweight title fight then vaulted the cage to attack McGregors teammate Dillon Danis.
Was this just because of a build up of animosity from months of bad blood, or had Danis said something at that moment or during the fight to cause Khabib to lose control?
Unsurprisingly, those involved have very different opinions about what was said in the moment.
TMZ reported that a ringside witness heard Danis call Khabib a f**king Muslim rat.
Khabib himself told Russian outlet Kommersant, reported by RT: There were journalists standing around him, they all heard it and wrote about it.
Calling me a “Muslim s**t” and all that kind of stuff. I dont want to repeat it, I cant.
However, Danis completely refutes these allegations, denying saying any such thing.
This vid shows Khabib's Dominance MMA managing partner Rizvan Magomedov harassing Dillon Danis who pushes him away as Nurmagomedov notices the skirmish & jumps in to assist. Magomedov who can be seen in other videos scuffling with police trying to break up the brawl was arrested. pic.twitter.com/vP4iFiH219
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) October 9, 2018
Danis posted on his Instagram story: Khabib Nurmagomedovs fans are attempting to smear me in an effort to justify his actions.
I have never and would never denigrate anyones religion. I look forward to the results of the Nevada State Athletic Commission investigation which will reject this bullshit claim and put the blame where it belongs.
Conor McGregors coach, John Kavanagh, backs up Danis by saying he didnt hear him say anything despite being stood right next to him.
Kavanagh told Joe Rogan on his podcast: He actually didnt say anything.
Now I was standing beside Dylan, I didnt see what he did but I could hear. So he didnt say anything.
Now maybe, there was something else in the lead up. Dillon is a bit of a troll online, so theres probably a build up of other stuff. Like I said, it wasnt that big of a deal to me, what Khabib did, it just really wasnt.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NSAC) is conducting its review into the incident and will be filing against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to chairman Anthony Marnell.
No arrests were made after the incident as no one involved wished to press charges.