Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: Dillon Danis denies calling Russian 'f***ing Muslim rat' at UFC 229 before mass brawl erupted

A ringside source told TMZ that McGregor's team-mate shouted the religious slur between the second and third round of the UFC 229 showdown in Las Vegas, resulting in a disgusting post-fight brawl.

Khabib, 30, climbed out of the octagon and attacked Danis while his team-mates jumped into it and scrapped with McGregor.

American fighter Danis, 25 – who claims to have been left bruised and concussed after the beating – said: "Khabib Nurmagomedov’s 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 State Athletic Commission investigation which will reject this bulls*** claim and put the blame where it belongs."

McGregor's coach John Kavanagh added: "He actually didn't say anything. I was standing beside Dillon, I didn't see what he did but I could hear. So he didn't say anything.

"When I watched it back I've seen he kind of beckoned him on, you know, just stupid end of fight stuff. But I don't think it justified that level of response.

"Maybe there was something else in the lead up. Dillon is a bit of a troll online, so there's probably a build up of other stuff. Like I said, it wasn't that big of a deal to me, what Khabib did, it just really wasn't."

While chaos ensued outside of the octagon, McGregor and three of Khabib's team fought inside of it, with new footage appearing to show the Notorious throwing the first punch.

Las Vegas police confirmed no arrests were made following the brawl.

Khabib said sorry for his part in the melee but claimed he was provoked after McGregor, 30, made inflammatory comments about his religion.

He said: "This is not my best side. He talked about my religion, my country, my father.

“This is a respectful sport. This is not a trash-talking sport. I want to change this game. You cannot talk about religions and nations."

McGregor called Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz a "f***ing snitch" and "terrorist" before the world title fight.

He also repeatedly called his opponent a "rat".

On September 20, Danis tweeted: "Rats everywhere."

And after being mocked by UFC star Rafael dos Anjos, he wrote: "Let's fight then f*** commissions let's meet up and fight you p***y little b**** you give every fight you no heart rat."

Khabib forced McGregor to tap out in the fourth round with an expert neck crank.

The loss was McGregor’s forth professional defeat as an MMA fighter and his second loss in a row as a combat sportsman after losing to Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring last year in Las Vegas.

Khabib has had his $2million (£1.5million) fight purse held back as the NSAC investigate the scenes that followed the main event at UFC 229.

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