Infotainment Factory: New details emerge out of UFC 229 brawl

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

New details emerge out of UFC 229 brawl


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Myriad question marks still circle UFC 229, the card now infamous for the wild all in brawl that shocked the fighting world following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s historic fourth-round submission victory over Conor McGregor.

The Russian sent T-Mobile arena into pandemonium when he leapt into the crowd following his win to attack members of McGregor’s camp after weeks of vitriol between the two parties escalated into one of the wildest scenes witnessed in combat sports history.

The man believed to be the target of Nuermagomedov’s rage, Dillon Danis, who previously denied using anti-Muslim slurs to antagonise the Russian, has spoken out on what happened in the moments before the lightweight champion dove feet first toward him.

“So this started, I think in the third, or second round,” Danis said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show.

Dillon Danis and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229

“When I was behind the cage he [Khabib] was on the other side, and he was pointing and saying stuff to me, and I was thinking in my head, like, ‘man, this guy’s crazy.’

“I’m just trying to focus on my friend here ... he kept coming and saying stuff, and cursing.

“Even in between rounds, when close to the fence, he was like eyeing and mouthing stuff. It started during the fight, that stuff was going on. I could kind of sense he was in a different state of mind.”

According to Danis however, it all kicked off when a member of Nurmagomedov’s camp, Rizvan Magomedov, went over to slap his back in jest after the fight, prompting the lightweight champion to leap into the crowd.

Khabib downs McGregor

“When he jumped, it was such a weird act because he had his hands and his feet up and it’s like, ‘How do I block this?’ I was really confused,” Danis said.

“I was like, ‘Is he going to drop kick me?’ In my head I just wanted to block. I don’t know if he hit me with a hammerfist. I don’t remember. I think most of the marks I had was from after when the guys were punching me and stuff. He didn’t really hit me.

“I remember I hit him with a right hand and then I got him in the clinch and had like a collar tie on him and was throwing uppercuts.

“It was weird because usually when you fight someone they want to fight you. He wasn’t coming toward me, he was going away from me and I kept trying to bring him back in the collar tie. It was the weirdest thing ever. It was just mayhem after that.”

All-in brawl erupts at UFC 229

Dillon Danis was brought into McGregor’s team as a JiuJitsu partner in preparation for the Irishman’s championship fight against Nurmagomedov.

Danis holds a 1-0 MMA career record and was slapped with a $USD7,500 find and a seven-month suspension for his part in the brawl.

Myriad question marks still circle UFC 229, the card now infamous for the wild all in brawl that shocked the fighting world following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s historic fourth-round submission victory over Conor McGregor.

The Russian sent T-Mobile arena into pandemonium when he leapt into the crowd following his win to attack members of McGregor’s camp after weeks of vitriol between the two parties escalated into one of the wildest scenes witnessed in combat sports history.

The man believed to be the target of Nuermagomedov’s rage, Dillon Danis, who previously denied using anti-Muslim slurs to antagonise the Russian, has spoken out on what happened in the moments before the lightweight champion dove feet first toward him.

“So this started, I think in the third, or second round,” Danis said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show.

Dillon Danis and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229

“When I was behind the cage he [Khabib] was on the other side, and he was pointing and saying stuff to me, and I was thinking in my head, like, ‘man, this guy’s crazy.’

“I’m just trying to focus on my friend here ... he kept coming and saying stuff, and cursing.

“Even in between rounds, when close to the fence, he was like eyeing and mouthing stuff. It started during the fight, that stuff was going on. I could kind of sense he was in a different state of mind.”

According to Danis however, it all kicked off when a member of Nurmagomedov’s camp, Rizvan Magomedov, went over to slap his back in jest after the fight, prompting the lightweight champion to leap into the crowd.

Khabib downs McGregor

“When he jumped, it was such a weird act because he had his hands and his feet up and it’s like, ‘How do I block this?’ I was really confused,” Danis said.

“I was like, ‘Is he going to drop kick me?’ In my head I just wanted to block. I don’t know if he hit me with a hammerfist. I don’t remember. I think most of the marks I had was from after when the guys were punching me and stuff. He didn’t really hit me.

“I remember I hit him with a right hand and then I got him in the clinch and had like a collar tie on him and was throwing uppercuts.

“It was weird because usually when you fight someone they want to fight you. He wasn’t coming toward me, he was going away from me and I kept trying to bring him back in the collar tie. It was the weirdest thing ever. It was just mayhem after that.”

All-in brawl erupts at UFC 229

Dillon Danis was brought into McGregor’s team as a JiuJitsu partner in preparation for the Irishman’s championship fight against Nurmagomedov.

Danis holds a 1-0 MMA career record and was slapped with a $USD7,500 find and a seven-month suspension for his part in the brawl.

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