Dillon Danis is one of the top grapplers in the world.
A key training partner of Conor McGregor and also a jiu-jitsu ace, Dillon Danis, is headed to Bellator.
Danis signed a deal with the MMA promotion Monday, according to Bellator officials. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports was the first to break the news. It was something Danis had been thinking about for a while. Now his first pro fight will be under the Bellator banner.
Danis has been a key training partner for McGregor since before McGregor’s second fight with Nate Diaz last year. Danis and McGregor have grown close.
“I want to fight the best, just like Conor does. We’re different people, though we’re very like-minded. We set high goals and we aren’t afraid to try to achieve. I feel he’s the best ever, in my opinion, and so if people want to compare us, well, how could it be bad if you’re a basketball player to be compared to Michael Jordan? That’s essentially what people would be saying if they compare us.”
“I obviously respect what he has accomplished and will accomplish in the future. He’s incredible and the aura of confidence he has is amazing. He’s a champion for a reason. But I want to go down my own path and do it my way.”
Dillon Danis is a New York resident and is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the legendary Marcelo Garcia. He is an IBJJF world champion as a brown belt in both gi and no gi. Danis, 23, is regarded as one of the top grapplers at his weight in the world. He told Yahoo that he plans on fighting at welterweight initially and then maybe lightweight.
Bellator can add his name to its growing list of promising prospects from a specific martial art. The promotion has wrestling blue-chippers Aaron Pico, Ed Ruth, Jarod Trice, Tyrel Fortune, and Joey Davis under contract already.
Danis plans to have his first fight toward the end of the year.
Watch the clip below where Conor McGregor and Danis train and McGregor talks more on Dillon.