Brazilian jiu-jitsu prodigy Dillon Danis has recently become one of the most coveted names in mixed martial arts. Yet he has never competed in the sport.
He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Marcelo Garcia. And is part of a fruitful generation of grapplers produced by the well-respected Alliance New York academy head coach.
The 23-year-old New Jersey native made a name for himself during his 2014 brown belt campaign. And figured through his incredible performances in some of the hardest tournaments by showcasing a forward motion with a crowd-pleasing style that brought him worldwide recognition in the sport.
Dillon Danis Trains Conor McGregor’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Danis has been making some noise in the world of MMA. He had been tapped by UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor as his training partner. And was widely credited for the stellar takedown defense that McGregor used against Nate Diaz in their rematch at UFC 202 last August.
He currently holds aspirations to transition into MMA. If he does set foot inside the Octagon, Danis believes that he would be able to make a strong first impression.
“I honestly think I can go my first fight in the UFC, and I think I would dominate,” Danis said during an interview with Ariel Helwani on the Monday edition of The MMA Hour.
“I say that 100 percent being fact. I’m not a stupid person and I know what I’m capable of. I know who I’ve trained with, and I know what I’ve seen,” he added.
Danis Believes His UFC Debut Would Be A Piece Of Cake
As he plans to jump to MMA, Danis has set his eyes on Sage Northcutt. In the same interview, Danis put forth the idea of taking on one of the UFC’s most polarizing figures.
Northcutt has become one of the more well-promoted fighters on the roster. However, he is coming off of a disappointing defeat to Mickey Gall at UFC on FOX 22. But he remains one of Dana White’s favorites.
With Danis being a well-versed grappler, it appears that Northcutt could be in danger again if the fight would be made. Both of his UFC defeats have come via submission.
“That would be an easy fight,” Danis stated. “Just to get in there. That would be a good, easy one to just get out of the way. Beat someone that has a decent name.”