At UFC 229 lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his title with a submission victory over McGregor, before vaulting over the Octagon to attack Danis.
Exactly what Danis said to Nurmagomedov to provoke such an extreme reaction is currently unclear – but it appears the scuffle did little to bother the Bellator welterweight.
“He came up to me and he was like ‘hey man,'” Ortega told TMZ of the moment when Danis approached him in a bar, in the hours immediately after the fight.
“At first I was like damn, what are you doing here — especially alone. I was like ‘this guy’s a savage right now’.
“He had a hood on, trying to be low key, but he came up to me, he was respectful, he was like ‘hey man, you’re holding it down for the jiu jitsu community, you’re doing your thing, I admire you, I appreciate it.’ He was cool about the whole situation.”
Ortega added that Danis was reluctant to go into detail over the brawl. Nurmagomedov threw himself feet first at Danis just moments after defeating McGregor, with the welterweight responding by throwing two punches before being dragged away.
“He wouldn’t really tell me much [about the brawl],” Ortega added.
“He was like, ‘yeah man, shit got crazy. These guys started throwing, I started throwing.’ One of his eyes was swollen. He was just telling me he got a concussion, so he got down too man.
After that, he was going to walk out by himself, and I told my boy, I go ‘make sure this guy gets out of here alright,’ cause, you know, there seemed to be some Russians in that club. So I was like ‘make sure this guy gets out safely.’ Cause the last thing you want is this guy getting jumped going out.”