Dillon Danis Reveals What Conor McGregor Told Him After Bellator 222 Win, Details ‘Excruciating’ Injury

This past weekend (Fri. June 14, 2019) Dillon Danis picked up the second win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Danis submitted Max Humphrey in the first round with an armbar at Bellator 222. However, after the fight, Danis revealed he was dealing with a torn LCL prior to competing. Speaking on today’s (Mon. […]

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This past weekend (Fri. June 14, 2019) Dillon Danis picked up the second win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

Danis submitted Max Humphrey in the first round with an armbar at Bellator 222. However, after the fight, Danis revealed he was dealing with a torn LCL prior to competing. Speaking on today’s (Mon. June 17, 2019) “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” Danis’ coach, John Kavanagh, explained when the injury took place:

“Yeah, it happened a week out,” Kavanagh admitted. “Weirdly, a common story, the last round of his last spar. In fact, it was the last few seconds of the round. And, he went for – actually he went for the same technique he won his fight with, but he got caught in kind of a funny angle and he heard a tear. He went and got assessed and it turned out he had a tear of his LCL.”

Kavanagh was very impressed with Danis’ performance. He noted that Danis’ ground-and-pound ability was very much on display in the fight, and he has to remind himself that this is only Danis’ second professional fight inside the MMA cage:

“The takedown came pretty quick,” Kavanagh said. “His ground-and-pound style, I don’t think we’ve really seen that before. He’s only had one fight. Very dominant takedown, dominant style of ground-and-pound, good positioning, and then, obviously, good awareness to his corner. I still have to remind myself it’s his second fight ever.”

Later on in the show, Danis himself made an appearance. When asked about his injury, the jiu-jitsu ace revealed that he is in “excruciating pain,” but the satisfaction of victory eases the pain:

“Terrible,” Danis said. “So bad. It’s so bad. I’m in excruciating pain for the past three days. It’s been so bad. It feels like I can’t move it, it’s swollen – it feels like someone is stabbing me in the knee over and over again. It’s really bad. But the only reason I’m getting through it is because, with the win, it takes all the pain away. Just hope I can get better soon.”

In regards to his return, Danis is opting for rehabilitation over surgery. He believes he’ll be able to regroup in time to stay active when 2019 is said and done. Danis would like to fight around October, and would like to fight twice more before the year is up:

“I think maybe October,” Danis said. “I want to get two more before the end of the year. Maybe October, December – I definitely want to fight twice. I definitely want to fight two more times.”

Of course, Danis is one of UFC star Conor McGregor’s main training partners. The two have developed quite the friendship with one another over the years. Shortly after his win, Danis said McGregor texted him to give him some insight into his performance. “The Notorious” was apparently impressed with Danis’ evolution in the standup department, and called his victory “easy work”:

“Yeah, I did actually,” Danis said. “He messaged me right away. I’m pretty sure he was watching live. He said how much more comfortable I looked on the feet, and stuff like that. He was just like, that’s light work, easy work. So, he was very complimentary towards the performance. He said, this guy has like 30 fights and I don’t have any amateur background and I went in there and made it look easy. And MSG where all my fans were, all my friends, and I went out there laughing basically.”

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Heather Hardy Fires Back At Negative Fans After Bellator 222 Loss

Heather Hardy wasn’t happy with the response that she got after her latest fight under the Bellator MMA banner, and decided to fire back at fans. The plans that the world boxing champion had going into her fight against Taylor Turner didn’t work out the way that she wanted. Hardy lost to Turner by TKO […]

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Heather Hardy wasn’t happy with the response that she got after her latest fight under the Bellator MMA banner, and decided to fire back at fans.

The plans that the world boxing champion had going into her fight against Taylor Turner didn’t work out the way that she wanted. Hardy lost to Turner by TKO at the Bellator 222 event on Fri. June 14, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on DAZN.

The fight aired on the preliminary portion of the fight card. Hardy seems resilient in her approach to MMA despite the rocky road that she’s been on. She was able to conquer the boxing world and escape without a loss.

Hardy took to her official Twitter account to issue a statement on the loss Friday night, and the fans who have been sending negative hateful comments. You can read her statement here:

“The hardest part of that loss, is knowing that there were so many people out there who enjoyed watching me lose. I see you all,with your negative hateful comments. I don’t respond-but they sit with me. I’m just a regular mom trying my best. I’m just doing the best I can for Annie.”

In her Bellator debut, it marked Hardy’s second professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bout. This is where she suffered a loss to Kristina Williams at Bellator 185, which took place on Friday, October 20, 2017. She got smashed by Williams, who picked up the second-round TKO win.

While she’s been up and down in MMA, she did hold an undefeated record of 20-0 (1 NC) as a pro boxer, so her future still looks bright.

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Neiman Gracie Breaks Silence On Crushing Defeat To Rory MacDonald

Neiman Gracie took a few days after his latest fight in order to break down what happened inside of the Bellator cage. Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald scored a unanimous decision win over Gracie at the Bellator 222 event on Fri. June 14, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on DAZN. […]

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Neiman Gracie took a few days after his latest fight in order to break down what happened inside of the Bellator cage.

Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald scored a unanimous decision win over Gracie at the Bellator 222 event on Fri. June 14, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on DAZN. This served as the main event of the show, and semi-finals of the Welterweight Grand Prix tournament.

Gracie had a stellar run to reach this point in his pro-MMA career. The loss broke his nine-fight win streak that dates back as far as September 2013. During his time in Bellator, he has seven wins after making his professional debut in 2015 at Bellator 134 when he submitted Bobby Flynn.

In the first round of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix on Dec. 15, 2018, he beat Ed Ruth. Now, days removed from his defeat to MacDonald, Gracie took to his official Instagram account where he issued the following statement:

“Thanks everybody for the support and for the messages,” he wrote. “What does not kill us makes us stronger. I’ll be back!”

The tournament finals of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix will consist of MacDonald and Douglas Lima. This will be a rematch, as MacDonald defeated Lima at Bellator 192 to win the welterweight title back in January of last year.

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Gegard Mousasi Was Always ‘Suspicious’ TJ Dillashaw Was Using Steroids

Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi claims he always suspected TJ Dillashaw of being a steroid user. Dillashaw vacated his bantamweight title earlier this year before it came to light that he had tested positive for EPO. He was later suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for two years. Most recently, he claimed he […]

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Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi claims he always suspected TJ Dillashaw of being a steroid user.

Dillashaw vacated his bantamweight title earlier this year before it came to light that he had tested positive for EPO. He was later suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for two years. Most recently, he claimed he cheated in order to make the weight for his flyweight title fight with Henry Cejudo.

However, Mousasi, who has been against the use of steroids in the sport, believes Dillashaw was cheating long before his last fight:

“The stupidity of fighters, knowing that they’re gonna get tested and they still do it,” Mousasi told theScore. “It shows how desperate they are, so it’s usually a sign that people have been abusing it before, that they don’t feel they can do it without it.

“And TJ Dillashaw, for a long time it was suspicious that he did steroids. And after USADA came, he still did it. They didn’t catch him the first two times, but eventually they caught him.

Mousasi Wants Heavier Punishments For Cheaters

Despite the introduction of USADA, fighters continue to regularly test positive for banned substances, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

And Mousasi believes fighting with an advantage is essentially the same as stealing from an opponent — which is why he feels the punishment for cheating should be much heavier:

“You know, there’s nothing to say about those guys,” Mousasi explained. “You know, if you win a fight, you deserve it, you know, it’s yours. But let’s say, if you do steroids or you do some different things and you win it, then you steal something from the other guy. That’s the way I see it. That’s a whole different feeling. Even if the guy could beat him without the steroids. But once you’re on it, you feel like you’re stealing from the other guy.

It’s in the rules, no steroids. It’s the same as don’t go through a red light, don’t kill anybody. It’s a rule and if they don’t follow it, they should be punished and not very lightly, I feel, a lot heavier.”

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Bellator 222 Full Fight Videos: MacDonald vs. Gracie, Sonnen vs. Machida

Bellator 222 is in the books and now the full fight videos of the two top bouts at the event have surfaced online for fans to watch. Bellator 222 took place on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The preliminary card aired online at 6:30 p.m. EST while […]

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Bellator 222 is in the books and now the full fight videos of the two top bouts at the event have surfaced online for fans to watch.

Bellator 222 took place on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The preliminary card aired online at 6:30 p.m. EST while the main card aired on DAZN at 10:00 p.m. EST.

Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie in a Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal Title bout headlined this event. As seen in the fight, MacDonald scored the decision win to retain his welterweight title as well as move on in the tournament. He’s expected to fight Douglas Lima in the tournament finals later this year.

Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen in a light heavyweight bout served as the co-headliner. Machida scored a TKO win in the second-round. After the fight, Sonnen announced his retirement from pro-MMA competition.

Bellator 222 Full Fight Videos

Fox Sports Brazil has posted the full videos of Bellator 222’s top two fights, which you can see here:

Bellator 222 Results

Main Card:

  • Welterweight World Grand Prix Semifinal: (C) Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
  • Light Heavyweight: Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen via R2 TKO (knee and punches, 0:22)
  • Catchweight (175 pounds): Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey via R1 submission (armbar, 4:28)
  • Bantamweight: Patrick Mix def. Ricky Bandejas via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 1:06)
  • Featherweight: Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas via R2 KO (punch, 4:59)
  • Bantamweight: Kyoji Horiguchi def. (C) Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)

Preliminary Card:

  • Featherweight: Adam Borics def. Aaron Pico via R2 KO (flying knee and punches, 3:55)
  • Women’s flyweight: Taylor Turner def. Heather Hardy via R1 TKO (punches, 3:53)
  • Women’s flyweight: Valerie Loureda def. Larkyn Dasch via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Welterweight: Robson Gracie Jr. def. Oscar Vera via R1 submission (armbar, 3:15)
  • Bantamweight: Mike Kimbel def. Sebastian Ruiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Catchweight (175 pounds): Haim Gozali def. Gustavo Wurlitzer via R1 submission (triangle choke, 4:02)
  • Catchweight (112 pounds): Lindsay VanZandt def. Rena Kubota via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 4:04)
  • Middleweight: Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox via R1 TKO (doctor stoppage, 5:00)
  • Lightweight: Marcus Surin def. Nekruz Mirkhojaev via split decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)
  • Flyweight: Brandon Polcare def. Brandon Medina via R1 submission (guillotine, 4:33)
  • Catchweight (165 pounds): Kastriot Xhema def. Whitney Jean Francois via R2 TKO (punches, 3:17)
  • Featherweight: John Beneduce def. Kenny Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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Bellator 222 Full Fight Videos: MacDonald vs. Gracie, Sonnen vs. Machida

Bellator 222 is in the books and now the full fight videos of the two top bouts at the event have surfaced online for fans to watch. Bellator 222 took place on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The preliminary card aired online at 6:30 p.m. EST while […]

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Bellator 222 is in the books and now the full fight videos of the two top bouts at the event have surfaced online for fans to watch.

Bellator 222 took place on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The preliminary card aired online at 6:30 p.m. EST while the main card aired on DAZN at 10:00 p.m. EST.

Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie in a Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal Title bout headlined this event. As seen in the fight, MacDonald scored the decision win to retain his welterweight title as well as move on in the tournament. He’s expected to fight Douglas Lima in the tournament finals later this year.

Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen in a light heavyweight bout served as the co-headliner. Machida scored a TKO win in the second-round. After the fight, Sonnen announced his retirement from pro-MMA competition.

Bellator 222 Full Fight Videos

Fox Sports Brazil has posted the full videos of Bellator 222’s top two fights, which you can see here:

Bellator 222 Results

Main Card:

  • Welterweight World Grand Prix Semifinal: (C) Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
  • Light Heavyweight: Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen via R2 TKO (knee and punches, 0:22)
  • Catchweight (175 pounds): Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey via R1 submission (armbar, 4:28)
  • Bantamweight: Patrick Mix def. Ricky Bandejas via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 1:06)
  • Featherweight: Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas via R2 KO (punch, 4:59)
  • Bantamweight: Kyoji Horiguchi def. (C) Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)

Preliminary Card:

  • Featherweight: Adam Borics def. Aaron Pico via R2 KO (flying knee and punches, 3:55)
  • Women’s flyweight: Taylor Turner def. Heather Hardy via R1 TKO (punches, 3:53)
  • Women’s flyweight: Valerie Loureda def. Larkyn Dasch via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Welterweight: Robson Gracie Jr. def. Oscar Vera via R1 submission (armbar, 3:15)
  • Bantamweight: Mike Kimbel def. Sebastian Ruiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Catchweight (175 pounds): Haim Gozali def. Gustavo Wurlitzer via R1 submission (triangle choke, 4:02)
  • Catchweight (112 pounds): Lindsay VanZandt def. Rena Kubota via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 4:04)
  • Middleweight: Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox via R1 TKO (doctor stoppage, 5:00)
  • Lightweight: Marcus Surin def. Nekruz Mirkhojaev via split decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)
  • Flyweight: Brandon Polcare def. Brandon Medina via R1 submission (guillotine, 4:33)
  • Catchweight (165 pounds): Kastriot Xhema def. Whitney Jean Francois via R2 TKO (punches, 3:17)
  • Featherweight: John Beneduce def. Kenny Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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