TMZ: Conor's Teammate Dillon Danis Called Khabib a 'F--king Muslim Rat' at Fight

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06:  Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is escorted out of the arena after defeating Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout by way of submission during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Dillon Danis, a teammate of Conor McGregor, reportedly called Khabib Nurmagomedov a "f--king Muslim rat" during the UFC 229 main event Saturday, a fan told TMZ Sports

Following his submission victory over McGregor, Nurmagomedov exited the Octagon and leapt into the crowd to try to fight Danis. That sparked a melee both inside and outside of the cage as members of Nurmagomedov's camp exchanged blows with McGregor as well.

After the event, Nurmagomedov told reporters he had been angered by McGregor's comments toward him during the buildup to the fight, per MMA Fighting (warning: NSFW language):

MMAFighting.com @MMAFighting

Nurmagomedov: "He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus. He almost kill a couple of people. Worry about this. Worry about this shit. Why people talk about I jump over the cage?" #UFC229

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Nurmagomedov: This is respect sport. This is not trash talking sport. I want to change this game. I don't want people talk shit about opponents, talk shit about his father, religion. You cannot talk about religion, nation, you cannot talk about this stuff #UFC229

UFC President Dana White said authorities arrested three members of Nurmagomedov's camp for their roles in the incident but that McGregor declined to press charges, according to ESPN.com's Arash MarkaziWhite added that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is withholding Nurmagomedov's fight check pending an investigation into the matter.

"It's bad," White said. "There's gonna be an investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and ... there's gonna be big-money fines, and these guys are in big trouble. Again, we need to see how this plays out. Nobody has ever done that; nobody should ever do that."

While Nurmagomedov's immediate future appears to be up in the air, McGregor wasted little time hyping up a return fight.

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.

During an interview on ESPN's First Take on Monday, White said McGregor had reached out to him about a rematch with Nurmagomedov. White also acknowledged the multiple hurdles in the way of that fight and included Tony Ferguson, rather than McGregor, as an option for Nurmagomedov's next opponent. The comments begin at the 5:32 mark of the video below:

Days before UFC 229, White told Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole that the UFC was confident the pay-per-view would garner three million buys, which would nearly double the company's previous best (1.6 million buys for UFC 202).

Considering how much money UFC would stand to gain from a rematch, it seems inevitable Nurmagomedov and McGregor will cross paths in the Octagon again at some point down the road.