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Dillon Danis
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Born (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 26)
Parsippany Hills, New Jersey, United States[1]
Other namesEl Jefe
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight (2018-present)[2]
Reach72 in (183 cm)[3]
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofNew York, New York, United States
TeamSBG Ireland[4]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcelo Garcia[5]
Years active2013-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout0
By submission1
By decision0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Dillon Danis (born August 22, 1993) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division of Bellator MMA.[7]

Background[edit | edit source]

Born and raised in New Jersey, Danis started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 15 after he was involved in a fight at school. At 17, Danis started making trips to Marcelo Garcia's academy in New York and at 19 he eventually moved to New York in order to actively pursue a career in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After wins at various high-level tournaments he was rewarded his black belt at 19 years of age.[5]

In 2016, Danis came to light in the mixed martial arts community when he was asked join the training camp of UFC fighter Conor McGregor as a coach and training partner ahead of his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit | edit source]

In 2016 Danis was invited train with Connor McGregor for his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. Due to his image in the media prior to the fight Marcelo Garcia disassociated Danis from the school.[5]

Bellator MMA[edit | edit source]

In 2018, Danis was scheduled to make made his MMA debut at Bellator 198 against Kyle Walker.[9] He won via a toe hold in the first round of the fight.[10] Danis is scheduled to fight Max Humphreys (3-2) at Bellator 221 and at a catchweight of 175lbs.[11]

Grappling Events[edit | edit source]

On May, 9, 2015, Danis fought UFC veteran Joe Lauzon at Metamoris 6. Danis won via a D'arc choke.[12]

On October 29, 2016, Danis fought at Polaris Pro Grappling 4 against Jackson Sousa. Danis won via an inside heel hook.[13] He also participated in Polaris 5 at a catchweight (-78 kg) where he lost a judges decision to Garry Tonon.[14] Danis also commented that he will be participating in an upcoming ADCC event on Ariel Helwani's podcast.

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit | edit source]

  • IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship[15]
    • Purple belt medio: 3rd place (2012)
    • Brown belt medio: 2nd place (2013)
    • Brown belt medio: 1st place (2014)
    • Black belt pesado: 1st place (2016)
  • IBJJF New York Spring International Open
    • Brown belt medio: 2nd place (2015)
    • Brown belt open class: 1st place (2015)
  • IBJJF New York Summer International Open
    • Brown belt medio: 1st place (2014)
  • IBJJF Boca Raton International Open
    • Black belt medio: 1st place (2015)
  • IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships
    • Brown belt medio: 1st place (2014)

Controversies[edit | edit source]

UFC 229 Nurmagomedov-McGregor post-fight incident[edit | edit source]

At UFC 229, Danis - a member of Conor McGregor's corner team - was involved in a melee when Nurmagomedov, after submitting McGregor, proceeded to throw his mouthpiece at McGregor's corner team and then scaled the cage and appeared to jump towards Danis.[16] Danis responded by throwing punches at Khabib before an all out brawl ensued.[17] Longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan has claimed that Danis was insulting Nurmagomedov in an attempt to provoke him stating, "Dillon (Danis) was absolutely insulting Khabib, saying something to him and provoking him and then Khabib just jumped over the cage and attacked him".[18] Danis was subsequently fined $7,500 and suspended for 7 months following the incident.[19] Danis did not comment publicly until March 11, 2019 where he told Ariel Helwani on the ESPN MMA podcast that Khabib started taunting him in the second or third round and was aggressive throughout the event.[20]

Mixed martial arts record[edit | edit source]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1-0 Kyle Walker Submission (toe hold) Bellator 198 April 28, 2018 1 1:38 Rosemont, Illinois, United States Catchweight (175lbs) bout

See also[edit | edit source]

Others articles of the Topic MMA : Levon Lagvilava, Damir Ismagulov, PunchOutPower, Roldan Sangcha-an, Chaitanya Gavali, Martin Nguyen, Mike Jackson (fighter)
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Fight Center: Dillon Danis". tapology.com. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  2. "Dillon Danis ("El Jefe") | MMA Fighter Page". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  3. "Dillon Danis ("El Jefe") | MMA Fighter Page". Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. "Dillon Danis will train at SBG Ireland for Bellator MMA debut, which is set for April". 2018-03-09. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Dillon Danis". BJJ Heroes. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  6. "Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship 2016 - Final Results" (PDF). ibjjf.com. International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  7. "Dillon Danis - MMA Fighter Profile - Bellator.com". Bellator.com. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  8. "Conor McGregor drafts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu star as training partner for Nate Diaz rematch - JOE.co.uk". JOE.co.uk. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  9. "Dillon Danis added to Bellator 198 card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  10. "Bellator 198 results: Dillon Danis submits Kyle Walker in pro debut". mmafighting.com. 2018-04-29. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  11. Lee, Alexander (11 March 2019). "Dillon Danis returns to fight Max Humphrey at Bellator 221". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  12. "Metamoris results: Barnet taps Gracie, Lauzon taps". bloodyelbow.com. 2015-05-10. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  13. "Polaris Invitational 4 Results - BJJ Heroes". BJJ Heroes.
  14. "Polaris 5 Results". polarisprograppling.com. Polaris. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  15. "Results". ibjjf.com. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  16. "Conor McGregor vs Khabib: How Dillon Danis incited UFC 229 post-fight brawl". independent.co.uk. October 9, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  17. "Dillon Danis Seen Brawling With Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229". flograppling.com. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  18. "What Conor McGregor's teammate Dillon Danis gestured to Khabib Nurmagomedov to spark UFC 229 brawl". October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  19. Morgan, John (25 February 2019). "Dillon Danis suspended seven months, fined $7,500 by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his role in UFC 229 brawl". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  20. Helwani, Ariel (11 March 2019). "Dillon Danis recaps UFC 229 brawl, calls Ben Askren 'easiest fight ever' - Ariel Helwani's MMA Show". ESPN MMA. ESPN. Retrieved 12 March 2019.

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