When Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped off the top of the Octagon to attack Conor McGregor’s cornerman Dillon Danis at UFC 229 the assumption was that the Russian ace had heard some insults the BJJ expert had been shouting at him, but according to ‘The Eagle’ that’s not the case.
“I didn’t hear him (during the fight),” Nurmagomedov told Submission Radio. “I jumped on (Danis) because the other corner is too old – because Conor’s other corner and coaches are too old. That’s why I jumped on him because he’s almost like my age. If I jumped on (McGregor head coach John) Kavanagh, I don’t think it’s too old because Kavanagh can’t fight me.
“In the fight, I didn’t hear him because it was too loud. But I don’t like his whole team. If I had a choice (for) what I (was) going to do, but all the other coaches were too old for me – they can’t fight with me; they’re almost like my father’s age – that’s why I jumped on him.”
Nurmamgomedov is still waiting to find out what punishment he may be handed down for his post-fight brawl after defeating McGregor at the event, while both ‘The Notorious’ and Danis are also among several other fighters who also remain suspended pending hearings with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.