Dillon Danis was the target of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s attack at the end of UFC 229.
Danis is Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, and was guilty of provoking the Russian fighter before, during and after their fight in Las Vegas at the weekend.
“When you spark this backwards c*** out cold, all the blood sweat & tears will be worth it!,” Danis wrote in an Instagram post with McGregor before the fight.
Commentator Joe Rogan said he heard Danis trash-talking Nurmagomedov during the fight and footage has since emerged showing McGregor’s teammate exchanging words with the UFC lightweight champion following the bout.
It was at this point that Nurmagomedov leapt out of the cage and jumped towards Danis.
What Danis said to the Dagestan-born fighter isn’t clear but TMZ claim he made an anti-Muslim slur, which apparently "set him off".
This follows McGregor’s attempts to make Nurmagomedov drink alcohol during a pre-fight press conference.
Danis releases statement
Danis has now rejected those claims and expects the Nevada State Athletic Commission to find him innocent.
"Khabib fans are attempting to smear me in an effort to justify his actions," Danis said in a statement.
"I have never and would never denigrate anyone's religion.
“I look forward to the results of the Nevada Gaming Commission investigation which will reject this bulls*** claim and put the blame where it belongs."
The NSAC have a great deal to uncover in their investigation.
Nurmagomedov’s actions after beating McGregor sparked a mass brawl that resulted in the Irishman being attacked by members of The Eagle’s team.
Three members were arrested and although McGregor refused to press charges, it is understood that the NSAC will still seek a way to hand out sanctions.
As for Nurmagomedov, it appears likely that he will be suspended for a period of time.
In the eyes of White, the 27-0 star should be fined $250,000 and suspended for four to six months, without having to give up his lightweight title.