Dillon Danis Talks Ben Askren Grappling Match, Reveals He Could Have Faced Tony Ferguson In 2014

Dillon Danis revealed there is some movement in a potential grappling match with current UFC welterweight Ben Askren. The two have had their history of beefing each other on social media. Danis would later challenge Askren to a grappling match. Although “Funky” was not as receptive to it, he would later have a change of […]

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Dillon Danis revealed there is some movement in a potential grappling match with current UFC welterweight Ben Askren.

The two have had their history of beefing each other on social media. Danis would later challenge Askren to a grappling match. Although “Funky” was not as receptive to it, he would later have a change of heart. However, he also stated that it would be after his mixed martial arts career.

But Danis claims Askren called for a grappling match much before:

“That’s real. Even before he came on your show, Flo Grappling came to my gym,” Danis said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. “They said that Ben Askren called Flo Grappling personally on the phone and said ‘I want to grapple Dillon Danis, let’s set it up.’ I said okay, let’s do it. I don’t care, I’m down.

“They were working on setting up some press conferences and building up a big event around it. I think that’d be awesome but the only thing that sucks is he’s going to get submitted by Demian Maia [at UFC Singapore this weekend] but let’s see what happens.”

Danis Could Have Grappled Tony Ferguson

The topic then turned to Joe Lauzon’s winning return at UFC Boston. Danis revealed that he actually grappled and defeated Lauzon back in the day while revealing something else — that he was initially supposed to grapple Tony Ferguson instead of Lauzon.

“Did I ever tell you about that, when I versed him [Lauzon] in that grappling match,” Danis added. “I was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson and then they came with Joe Lauzon. And back then, Tony Ferguson didn’t really have a name and I was like ‘yeah, I’ll go with Joe Lauzon.’

“Joe Lauzon’s a legend, even back then. I was like ‘Tony Ferguson? That guy fights on the prelims. He’s a purple belt.’ It’s funny how things come around. …Many years down the line, I’m still making all the calls.”

What do you make of Danis’ revelations?

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Dillon Danis Calls Michael Bisping’s Criticism Of Free Jiujitsu Lessons ‘Embarassing’

Dillon Danis did not appreciate Michael Bisping’s criticism of him offering to help a bullied youth learn jiujitsu. Danis recently made headlines when he offered to cover jiujitsu lessons for a bullied teenager. The Bellator star posted his DMs with the youth on Twitter and later posted a picture of him wearing a gi. While […]

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Dillon Danis did not appreciate Michael Bisping’s criticism of him offering to help a bullied youth learn jiujitsu.

Danis recently made headlines when he offered to cover jiujitsu lessons for a bullied teenager. The Bellator star posted his DMs with the youth on Twitter and later posted a picture of him wearing a gi.

While Danis understands some of the criticism in that he made his gesture public, he ultimately feels it would be better in the long-run by letting the world know. But as for helping the kid learn jiujitsu, he wasn’t a fan of one bit of criticism.

Danis claims Bisping mocked the fact that he offered to help him train jiujitsu rather than another martial art. But for the SBG fighter, martial arts is more than just defending oneself:

“I don’t know if you listened to Michael Bisping’s podcast, but he kept on making fun of me saying that the kid needs jiujitsu, that jiujitsu wouldn’t help him in a fight,” Danis said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. “Michael Bisping’s a world champion, a martial artist his whole life. He should understand that martial arts isn’t all about defending yourself. It’s about building confidence, discipline. It has so much more than using it in a street fight.

“I thought someone like him would understand that. It was actually pretty embarrassing to see him talk about martial arts like that. … I felt like that rubbed me the wrong way especially coming from someone like him [where] martial arts made him a world champion and done so much great for his life. Martial arts isn’t just about fighting. It’s about discipline, confidence, respect. It builds you into someone that nothing else can.”

Do you agree with Danis? Or do you feel Bisping is right?

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Firas Zahabi Doesn’t Expect Rory MacDonald Retirement If He Wins Bellator Grand Prix

Tristar coach Firas Zahabi doesn’t expect Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to retire if he wins his next fight. MacDonald defends his title in a rematch against Douglas Lima in the final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. That fight takes place at Bellator 232 on October 26 with the winner not only winning the […]

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Tristar coach Firas Zahabi doesn’t expect Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to retire if he wins his next fight.

MacDonald defends his title in a rematch against Douglas Lima in the final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. That fight takes place at Bellator 232 on October 26 with the winner not only winning the grand prix, but also receiving a $1 million prize.

And with “Red King” seemingly having his motivations elsewhere, at least based on his performances this year and previous hints at retirement, winning at Bellator 232 would be the ideal way to go out.

But even if that’s the case, Zahabi doesn’t expect the retirement to last long:

“Let’s say he won a million and retired, I feel like personally he’s going to come back even if he doesn’t need the money,” Zahabi told MMA Junkie. “That’s just where I feel he’s at. He’s going to miss fighting if he ever hangs it up. In my opinion he has a lot more fight left in him. Before the Neiman (Gracie) fight people were like, ‘Did he just retire?’ That’s not what he said.

“Fighters are emotional after a fight. Some of them do retire for real. It does happen, but it also swings the other way. You start feeling like you want to go back in. Georges (St-Pierre) at one point retired, he wasn’t sure and he came back to win the world title. I never count them out, personally I never count that out.”

MacDonald faces a tough task in Lima if he wants that million dollar prize, though. Although he won the title against the Brazilian via unanimous decision last year, it was by no means a cakewalk for the Canadian who absorbed a lot of damage.

And for Zahabi, he expects an interesting fight because the pair have already shared 25 minutes inside the cage together:

“It’s an interesting fight because they already fought before and it was so close,” Zahabi explained. “Before you fight a guy like Lima, you know what he does, but you don’t know the chemistry, how his chemistry is going to be with Rory. Now we saw what their chemistry is like. Styles is a major component of MMA, more than any other combat sport. Boxing, yes, styles matter, but it’s still boxing. There’s not as many possibilities for change, whereas MMA there’s so many things that could be different.

“There are more possibilities, so now that we know what their chemistry is like we’re going to explore the different possibilities. Because they know each other so well they’re going to go in there with a different strategy, at least we are. It’s going to be a competitive fight, but always a different fight.”

Who do you think wins in the rematch? Do you think MacDonald will retire if he wins?

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Firas Zahabi Doesn’t Expect Rory MacDonald Retirement If He Wins Bellator Grand Prix

Tristar coach Firas Zahabi doesn’t expect Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to retire if he wins his next fight. MacDonald defends his title in a rematch against Douglas Lima in the final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. That fight takes place at Bellator 232 on October 26 with the winner not only winning the […]

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Tristar coach Firas Zahabi doesn’t expect Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to retire if he wins his next fight.

MacDonald defends his title in a rematch against Douglas Lima in the final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. That fight takes place at Bellator 232 on October 26 with the winner not only winning the grand prix, but also receiving a $1 million prize.

And with “Red King” seemingly having his motivations elsewhere, at least based on his performances this year and previous hints at retirement, winning at Bellator 232 would be the ideal way to go out.

But even if that’s the case, Zahabi doesn’t expect the retirement to last long:

“Let’s say he won a million and retired, I feel like personally he’s going to come back even if he doesn’t need the money,” Zahabi told MMA Junkie. “That’s just where I feel he’s at. He’s going to miss fighting if he ever hangs it up. In my opinion he has a lot more fight left in him. Before the Neiman (Gracie) fight people were like, ‘Did he just retire?’ That’s not what he said.

“Fighters are emotional after a fight. Some of them do retire for real. It does happen, but it also swings the other way. You start feeling like you want to go back in. Georges (St-Pierre) at one point retired, he wasn’t sure and he came back to win the world title. I never count them out, personally I never count that out.”

MacDonald faces a tough task in Lima if he wants that million dollar prize, though. Although he won the title against the Brazilian via unanimous decision last year, it was by no means a cakewalk for the Canadian who absorbed a lot of damage.

And for Zahabi, he expects an interesting fight because the pair have already shared 25 minutes inside the cage together:

“It’s an interesting fight because they already fought before and it was so close,” Zahabi explained. “Before you fight a guy like Lima, you know what he does, but you don’t know the chemistry, how his chemistry is going to be with Rory. Now we saw what their chemistry is like. Styles is a major component of MMA, more than any other combat sport. Boxing, yes, styles matter, but it’s still boxing. There’s not as many possibilities for change, whereas MMA there’s so many things that could be different.

“There are more possibilities, so now that we know what their chemistry is like we’re going to explore the different possibilities. Because they know each other so well they’re going to go in there with a different strategy, at least we are. It’s going to be a competitive fight, but always a different fight.”

Who do you think wins in the rematch? Do you think MacDonald will retire if he wins?

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‘King Mo’ Lawal Set For Final MMA Fight At Bellator 233

“King Mo” Lawal is set for the final mixed martial arts (MMA) bout of his career. After initially calling it quits earlier this year, Lawal will have one last fight inside the Bellator cage before walking away for good. MMA Fighting is reporting that Lawal will face off against Andrew Kepel in a 195-pound catchweight […]

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“King Mo” Lawal is set for the final mixed martial arts (MMA) bout of his career. After initially calling it quits earlier this year, Lawal will have one last fight inside the Bellator cage before walking away for good.

MMA Fighting is reporting that Lawal will face off against Andrew Kepel in a 195-pound catchweight fight at Bellator 233 from Thackerville, Oklahoma. Lawal had this to say about the matchup.

“I just want to end my final fight with a win, unlike wrestling,” Lawal said. “My final wrestling match was a loss, and I want to finish with Scott Coker in Bellator. Call it a wrap.”

Lawal is looking for one last victory before exiting the game. He’s currently on a three-fight losing streak in which he has been finished via TKO in each of those defeats. In his last outing, Lawal was finished by Ji?í Procházka in the third round of their RIZIN 15 light heavyweight title bout in Japan.

The ex-Strikeforce light heavyweight champion has been competing in MMA since 2008. Now, Lawal will cap off a career of over a decade in Oklahoma this November.

What do you think about Lawal returning for one final MMA fight at Bellator 233?

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson To Headline Bellator Japan

Bellator’s first-ever event in Japan on December 29 will feature a throwback heavyweight encounter between Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The news was announced by the promotion in a press conference in Japan on Wednesday. Emelianenko has not competed since his knockout defeat to Ryan Bader in the finals of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix […]

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Bellator’s first-ever event in Japan on December 29 will feature a throwback heavyweight encounter between Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The news was announced by the promotion in a press conference in Japan on Wednesday.

Emelianenko has not competed since his knockout defeat to Ryan Bader in the finals of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix earlier this year. However, his return to action will now see him return to Japan where he made his name in mixed martial arts.

“Nineteen years ago, I fought my first fight in Japan and ever since I have fallen in love with this country,” Emelianenko said (via MMA Fighting). “I’m very happy to return and fight in Japan in front of the most unique atmosphere that I’ve ever experienced.

I’m very happy to be able to do so with my opponent—a friend and a fight comrade who I fought side to side with in the same time. I’m very excited to be able to put on a great fight. I will work hard and do my best to put on a beautiful performance for all of the Japanese fans.”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jackson — who last enjoyed a knockout win over Wanderlei Silva in September last year — has also had his fair share of competing in Japan and can’t wait to return there again:

“I don’t know if you guys know, but Fedor is and has been for a long time my favorite fighter,” Jackson said. “It’s strange to have to fight someone that you look up to and that you admire so much, but I love fighting in Japan so I just wanted to come back here and fight. I’ll fight anyone they tell me too if they tell me that I’m fighting in Japan.”

The event will take place in Saitama. According to Bellator president Scott Coker, he also plans on bringing three Bellator fighters to face three RIZIN fighters in challenger matches.

What do you think of the news? Are you excited for Bellator Japan?

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