MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 2/25: Dillon Danis fined and suspended by Nevada Commission, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Apr 28, 2018; Rosemont, IL, USA; Dillon Danis (red gloves) defeats Kyle Walker (blue gloves) during Bellator 198 at Allstate Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports

Seven months

The discipline for the UFC 229 brawl continued Monday when Conor McGregor’s teammate and cornerman Dillon Danis received his sanction. Danis was suspended for seven months and fined $7,500 by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for his role in the melee.

The brawl started moments after Khabib Nurmagomedov tapped out McGregor in the fourth round of their fight. Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage and went right for Danis, who he felt had disrespected him in the buildup to the fight.

It’s notable that Danis’ suspension is slightly longer than McGregor’s but only slightly shorter than Nurmagomedov’s. Had Nurmagomedov agreed to record a PSA for Nevada, his suspension would have been shortened to six months.

Khabib refused to record the PSA in protest for the sanctions imposed on his teammates who were suspended one year each for their roles in the brawl. Nurmagomedov also said he would be paying their fines.

Hopefully, McGregor can come up with the $7,500 to help out Danis.

Monday Notebook

Tyron Woodley told media today that he questions Kamaru Usman’s confidence ahead of their fight this weekend. “He says a lot of stuff and sometimes when people talk too much, they’re trying to reassure themselves.”

Matt Mitrione told Luke Thomas on “The MMA Hour” that he’d be happy to re-do his fight with Sergei Kharitonov, but that he’d also be interested in a fight with Cheick Kongo.

-Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Anthony Marnell told MMAJunkie that they are still interested in policing pre-fight trash talk. “Our goal is to just maybe raise the professionalism a little bit, and I think that these things can get escalated to a place where they get uncomfortable for fans, that are bad for the sport.”

-PFL has announced that it’s second season will air on ESPN and ESPN+ in the U.S. and on TSN in Canada.

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