Former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping Does Not Have Much Time for Conor McGregor’s Friend and Training Partner Dillon Danis…
Dillon Danis is making waves right now. Bellator’s newest welterweight fighter just made his debut against Kyle Walker. After getting tagged by a few hard punches, he managed to take the fight to the ground, to win via toe hold. A decent beginning to a very young MMA career.
However, Danis is really trying very hard to emulate his friend and training partner Conor McGregor. The pair began working together in the build-up to the second Nate Diaz fight. Now they’re very tight, with Danis even funding McGregor’s $50,000 bail, after the UFC bus attack.
Danis has been slated by a number of fighters this week because he’s basically running his mouth without anything to back it up. Yes, he’s a phenomenal jiu-jitsu talent, but he is already talking about ‘owning Bellator’, after fighting a man with more losses than wins. Now Michael Bisping has given his take, and ‘The Count’ is not impressed.
Bisping is one of the biggest trash talkers in the game. He’s made a career out of being hated. The British fighter appreciates what Danis is trying to do but hates the way he comes off as a cheap version of Conor McGregor. Bisping, speaking on his Believe You Me podcast, said:
“Not only is he Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, he’s seeming to try to morph and copy McGregor’s antics. Certainly his clothing. Conor does wear some f***ing really nice, cool s**t and Dillon Danis is like the poor, second-hand, overwashed, hand-me-down version because his clothes are f***ing terrible. But, he’s trying to be Conor so hard, it’s laughable.”
Woah, no holding back. To be fair ‘The Count’ has a point. Danis isn’t even trying to be subtle as he blatantly imitation of McGregor. There is nothing wrong with using every advantage you have, but at least try to create your own identity.
Not Having It
The problem with Danis, like Colby Covington, is that while people are going to tune in to watch them get knocked out. In the short term for Bellator, this is great. But when Danis actually fights someone decent and gets his head punched in, he’s going to look ridiculous.
“He even said, ‘After this weekend, I will own Bellator,'” Bisping said. “That sounds vaguely like a line where Conor said, ‘I will own boxing.’ He probably knows that this kind of behavior, as it did with me, encourages more people to want to see you get knocked out than win. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. The bullshit that he’s doing, the shit that he’s spewing is working.”
It’s working for now, but it remains to be seen how well Danis does into the future. This was his very first MMA fight and while he won convincingly, he was basically given Walker as a sacrificial lamb. There are way tougher contests ahead and he needs to stop eating punches.
Down and Out
Meanwhile, Bisping is trying to decide whether or not he is going to fight one last time. The English fighter has said he is basically retired, but he would be tempted by the right opponent. He has said that he would love to be Nick Diaz’s opponent when the Californian returns to the UFC.
Danis’s next fight is uncertain. He called out former ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren, straight after beating Walker. That’s not likely to happen because the American only wants to fight Georges St. Pierre, and because Danis would get absolutely destroyed. That’s not good business for Bellator.