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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Dillon Danis Feels Cross-Promotion Bout With Ben Askren Is Possible

Dillon Danis believes that he’ll eventually take on Ben Askren in a cross-promotion bout. Danis is coming off the second victory in his professional mixed martial arts career. He submitted Max Humphrey inside Madison Square Garden in New York Cit…

Dillon Danis believes that he’ll eventually take on Ben Askren in a cross-promotion bout. Danis is coming off the second victory in his professional mixed martial arts career. He submitted Max Humphrey inside Madison Square Garden in New York City on the main card of Bellator 222. Bellator is currently doing cross-promotion with Rizin and […]

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Conor McGregor Gave Dillon Danis Advice Following LCL Tear

Dillon Danis looked good in his win over Max Humphrey at Bellator 222, which was all the more impressive considering he suffered an LCL tear leading up to the fight. Danis dominated Humphrey on the ground on Friday night before eventually getting the win via first-round armbar submission. It took his record to 2-0. After […]

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Dillon Danis looked good in his win over Max Humphrey at Bellator 222, which was all the more impressive considering he suffered an LCL tear leading up to the fight.

Danis dominated Humphrey on the ground on Friday night before eventually getting the win via first-round armbar submission. It took his record to 2-0. After the fight, he revealed he was compromised as he tore his LCL on his left knee a week before the event, adding he couldn’t stand on it at the time.

While most people would have pulled out with such an injury, Danis knew he was capable of getting the win despite it. He also had words of wisdom from friend and training partner Conor McGregor, who notably claimed he tore 80 percent of his ACL before his successful UFC 189 win over Chad Mendes.

“Yeah, of course,” Danis said when asked if McGregor gave him advice. “I mean, we talked about it a lot and he was just like, you know what man, you can do it.’ We obviously talked back and forth. He was making sure, ‘how was it’, this and that. He’s always there for me with advice. I feel like he’s been through it all. He knows everything, he knows the mental side and the physical side. He’s obviously a great mentor to have.

“I wish he could have been here. He was supposed to be here but he didn’t make it. But it would have been awesome for him to be here.”

As for what’s next for Danis, he doesn’t believe he will need surgery and is ready to face anybody — even mentioning Neiman Gracie who competed in a losing effort against Rory MacDonald in the main event.

“I’m ready for anybody, man. Even watching the main event, it’s like, man, that’s not me. 100 percent [I’m better than them],” Danis added. “Back in the day in jiujitsu tournaments, we would get him [Gracie] in the first match, me and my friends would be high-fiving, be like, ‘oh, that’s the easiest match, we got a bye in the first round.’ He’s not the level that I am. I’m a world champion. He never touched the Pan American Championships. It’s a different level and people will see.”

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Bellator 222 Highlights: Dillon Danis Remains Undefeated, Gets Armbar Submission

Dillon Danis is still undefeated in mixed martial arts (MMA). Danis submitted Max Humphrey in the closing seconds of the first round of their main card meeting at tonight’s (Fri. June 14, 2019) Bellator 222 event from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Once again, Danis’ jiu-jitsu arsenal continues to be a problem for […]

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Dillon Danis is still undefeated in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Danis submitted Max Humphrey in the closing seconds of the first round of their main card meeting at tonight’s (Fri. June 14, 2019) Bellator 222 event from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Once again, Danis’ jiu-jitsu arsenal continues to be a problem for those who share the cage with him.

It will be interesting to see the level of competition Danis receives moving forward. Check out Danis’ latest submission win here:

Bellator 222 continues to roll on. You can follow along with LowKickMMA’s live coverage of the event here. We’ll continue to bring you the best highlights of the night as the event rolls on.

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Dillon Danis: “I’m A Level Above Everybody” in MMA

Dillon Danis has one professional mixed martial arts fight and one victory in his career, yet he is already certain that he is cut from a different cloth from other mixed martial artists. Danis will have another opportunity to back up these claims when…

Dillon Danis has one professional mixed martial arts fight and one victory in his career, yet he is already certain that he is cut from a different cloth from other mixed martial artists. Danis will have another opportunity to back up these claims when he takes on 3-2 Max Humphrey at Bellator 222 this Friday, […]

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Ben Askren Burns Dillon Danis After Posing With Bellator Titles

Earlier today (Wed. June 12, 2019) Bellator 222 media day took place featuring the stars of Friday night’s card. Amongst several high-profile bouts, Conor McGregor training partner and jiu-jitsu ace Dillon Danis will be fighting on the card. He’ll take on Max Humphrey in a catchweight bout at 175 pounds. During the media day, Danis […]

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Earlier today (Wed. June 12, 2019) Bellator 222 media day took place featuring the stars of Friday night’s card.

Amongst several high-profile bouts, Conor McGregor training partner and jiu-jitsu ace Dillon Danis will be fighting on the card. He’ll take on Max Humphrey in a catchweight bout at 175 pounds. During the media day, Danis took up welterweight champion Rory MacDonald, and bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell’s titles and posed with them for the media.

Check out a photo here:

However, this gave UFC welterweight Ben Askren the perfect ammunition to take a shot at Danis – which he has done several times before:

“Some of us actually win belts. Some of us just like to play pretend.”

Bellator 222 Card

Main Card (DAZN/10 p.m. ET)

  • Welterweight World Grand Prix Semifinal Title Bout: (C) Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0)
  • Light Heavyweight: Lyoto Machida (25-8) vs. Chael Sonnen (31-16-1)
  • Catchweight (175 pounds): Dillon Danis (1-0) vs. Max Humphrey (3-2)
  • Bantamweight: Ricky Bandejas (11-2) vs. Patrick Mix (10-0)
  • Featherweight: Eduardo Dantas (21-6) vs. Juan Archuleta (22-1)
  • Bantamweight: (C) Darrion Caldwell (13-2) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2)

Undercard (Online/6:30 p.m. EST)

  • Featherweight: Aaron Pico (4-2) vs. Adam Borics (12-0)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Heather Hardy (2-1) vs. Taylor Turner (3-5)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Valerie Loureda (1-0) vs. Larkyn Dasch (0-1)
  • Welterweight: Robson Gracie Jr. (1-0) vs. Oscar Vera (Pro Debut)
  • Bantamweight: Mike Kimbel (2-1) vs. Sebastian Ruiz (2-2)
  • Catchweight (175 pounds): Haim Gozali (10-6) vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer (22-22, 1 NC)
  • Catchweight (112 pounds): Rena Kubota (8-2) vs. Lindsay VanZandt (5-1)
  • Middleweight: Phil Hawes (4-2) vs. Michael Wilcox (6-3)
  • Lightweight: Marcus Surin (5-1) vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev (4-2)
  • Flyweight: Brandon Medina (Pro Debut) vs. Brandon Polcare (1-2)
  • Catchweight (165 pounds): Kastriot Xhema (2-3) vs. Whitney Jean Francois (2-6-1)
  • Featherweight: John Beneduce (2-2) vs. Kenny Rivera (2-1)

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