Dillon Danis Suspended 7 Months, Fined $7,500 for Role in UFC 229 Post-Fight Brawl

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 25, 2019

Conor McGregor teammate Dillon Danis was suspended seven months and fined $7,500 for his role in a post-fight brawl following the UFC 229 main event on Oct. 6.

Danis received his punishment during a Nevada Athletic Commission hearing on Monday. The suspension is retroactive to the event, which means Danis will be able to return to active competition on May 6. Danis served as a cornerman for McGregor during the Irishman’s fourth-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

After Nurmagomedov tapped out McGregor with a rear-naked choke, he jumped out of the Octagon to attack Danis. The NAC levied the sanctions against Danis due to charges of unsportsmanlike conduct, as the fighter had to be restrained by security personnel and made obscene gestures toward Nurmagomedov and his team.

Danis is the fifth person to be punished in relation to the UFC 229 melee. Nurmagomedov was suspended nine months and fined $500,000, while McGregor was given a six-month suspension and $50,000 fine. Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov were both suspended for one year and fined $25,000 apiece.

An accomplished grappler, Danis made his pro MMA debut at Bellator 198, where he submitted Kyle Walker with a toe hold in the opening stanza last April.

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