Dillon Danis Has Built His Profile Off of Conor McGregor’s Image… Accused of Trying to be The Notorious, Is the New York Native Just Trolling or is He Actually Dangerously Deluded?
The world of Dillon Danis’s social media is a very strange place. The New York native definitely doesn’t lack in confidence, that’s for sure. Let’s make it clear from the start: this isn’t a hit piece on Danis. We’re genuinely curious about his motives. Does he actually believe he’s the world’s greatest MMA fighter after a solid victory over a mediocre opponent or is he just trolling everyone?
Danis – like James Gallagher – has received a lot of hate for basing his public image off of Conor McGregor’s. He dresses very flashily, he talks a lot of trash and generally portrays an air of arrogance. When your MMA career is 1-0, it’s easy to see why fans don’t take him as seriously as say, Gunnar Nelson, who has built his own reputation despite his association with McGregor.
Let’s take a look at some of his strangest tweets and Instagram posts.
i am the best grappler in MMA.
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) December 15, 2018
One of Danis’s most common types of tweets is blunt statements of self-validation. An example is above. Is he really the best grappler in MMA? Hmmm… Damian Maia, Jacare Souza, Gunnar Nelson… all of these men have exemplary submission records and that’s if we’re just talking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
If you go into wrestling then you’ve got Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmagamedov, Ben Askren and Henry Cejudo. The list goes on and on. Danis is a phenomenal no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete. No doubt about it. But the truth is that we don’t know whether or not if he is a good MMA grappler yet. He’s got it all to prove.
You can see from the image above just how much hate Danis gets online. The big question is whether or not he’s just trolling everybody. Here is, with a silk shirt unbuttoned – like Conor McGregor at the Grand National in England – and he says: “I am boxing.”
Now obviously, Danis has never boxed in his career. In the words of Joe Rogan, he has ‘rudimentary striking.’ However, he does have one thing in his favour: a whole load of people commenting. This means his page is trending more online and gaining him more followers. Even if the comments are saying:
“Rumour has it McGregor farted and you came flying out.”
If what you say is true @MoTownPhenom , then let’s roll on instagram live- we both put up 100k cash winner takes all, only way to win is by submission #easymoney pic.twitter.com/BhkAv7jnnO
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) August 14, 2018
As we said, this isn’t a hit piece. At times Danis is capable of some epic online moments. For example, check out this exchange he had with UFC fighter Kevin Lee. After ‘The Motown Phenom’ claimed he submitted the New York fighter when they trained together, Danis was quick to respond. He invited him to roll on Instagram live, with the winner getting $1oo,000 paid into the pocket of the other fighter.
It was a brilliant idea and fans were quick to jump on board. Too bad it doesn’t look like happening anytime soon. If all that Danis achieves is that fans want to see him get beaten up – like Colby Covington – well at least he is a draw. That’s more than most fighters can say, and we have to give him credit for that.