Tuesday 23 April 2019

Conor McGregor’s training partner banned for seven months for role in Khabib Nurmagomedov brawl

Khabib Nurmagomedov is escorted out of the arena after defeating Conor McGregor
Khabib Nurmagomedov is escorted out of the arena after defeating Conor McGregor

Tom Kershaw

Conor McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis has been given a seven-month retrospective ban and fined $7,500 for his role in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229.

After Khabib Nurmagomedov forced McGregor to tap out in the fourth round, Danis began to abuse the Russian from outside the cage.

Danis’ taunts then prompted Nurmagomedov to spring over the octagon fence and jump into the crowd, sparking the melee which marred the lightweight title fight.

Danis responded to the ban on social media and said: “Seven months and $7,500 for defending myself it is what it is f**k it at least I got him with that two piece and a biscuit.”    

McGregor received a six-month retrospective ban for the incident and was fined $50,000.

Nurmagomedov, however, was hit harder, receiving a nine-month retrospective ban and was fined $500,000.

Danis, who has fought once under the Bellator banner, was treated with significantly more lenience that Nurmagomedov's teammates.

Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov both received one-year suspensions after attacking McGregor after the bout.

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