Dillon Danis - Multiple Times World MMA Champion

Dillon Danis - Multiple Times World MMA Champion

1. Dillon Danis’s Details

Dillon Danis’s Details
Name Dillon Danis
Pro MMA Record 18-16-0
Nickname El Jefe
Date of Birth August 22, 1993
Nationality American
Born Parsippany Hills, New Jersey, United States
Height 5’11”
Weight 78 Kg
Stance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Last fight N/A
Weight Class Welterweight
Rank Black Belt
Career Disclosed Earnings $4 Million
Fought out of Bellator MMA
College/University Parsippany Hills High School
Trainer/Coach Marcelo Garcia
Team Alliance Newyork Academy
Foundation Style Kneebar
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Rolls Gracie -> Romero Cavalcanti -> Fabio Gurgel -> Marcelo Garcia -> Dillon Danis
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2. Dillon Danis’s Biography

Dillon Danis, born on August 22,1993 in New Jersey, United States, is a professional mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Marcelo Garcia. His utmost efforts in jiu-jitsu’s hardest events, where he proved himself and got recognition in the MMA world. Dillon has competed in the Welterweight Division in Bellator, the IBJJF New York Spring Open Championship, and the IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship. He is also well known for his association with UFC Champion Conor McGregor. 

2.1. Dillon Danis’s Early life and Amateur Fighting

At the age of 15, Dillon Danis started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a means of self defense. Danis got into a street fight soon after in which he pulled off a choke and he immediately joined a jiu-jitsu gym to improve his instincts.

Dillon began training more frequently as he joined the jiu-jitsu academy of Renzo Gracie Black Belt and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu trainer Jamie Cruz.

Danis was a weak youngster at the time, who (according to his own admission) couldn't execute even a single push-up. The fact that he was training with adults further increased the complexity of the situation.

For the sake of enhancing his personal grappling development, Dillon got himself into wrestling classes in Parsippany Hills High School and trained under Jason Lodato. Dillon achieved two successful wrestling campaigns with a record of 296 (W/L).

In his late teen years, he started training with the BJJ idol Marcelo Garcia at his famous Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York City.

2.2. Dillon Danis’s Historic Fights

In 2012, Danis moved to New York City to train full time and decided to pursue his professional career in jiu-jitsu grappling. For three years, till 2015, Danis has won dozens of medals from national and international events in Absolute or Openweight Tournaments.

World Championships

Danis won a bronze medal at the IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championships.

Dillon Danis under Brown Belt

In 2013, Dillon was promoted to brown belt and repeated his bouts in the Absolute and Openweight Divisions. At the IBJJF New York Summer Open, he won gold medals in his weight class at both the IBJJF American No-Gi and IBJJF Pan American Championships.

In 2014, Dillon won four Pan American Gold medals and became the Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (UAEJJF).

At the time, Dillon had become a World Champion three times and won multiple gold medals in the Gi and No-Gi tournaments.

In 2015, Dillon, a brown belt, picked miscellaneous championship medals and became the IBJJF Boca Raton International Open Champion.

Dillon Danis most awaited Black Belt

For Dillon’s successful career throughout the years, Marcelo Garcia promoted him to a black belt in April 2015.

Dillon Danis vs. Garry Tonon

In his first ADCC, Dillon fought Garry Tonon, a multi-winner Eddie Bravo International (EBI) and Danaher Death Squad fighter. Garry submitted Dillon with an inside heel hook and won the tournament.

Dillon Danis vs. Brazilian Legends

In 2016, Danis won over Gottrell King, plus Brazilian legend and Unity jiu-jitsu fighter Murilo Santana winning multiple gold medals.

Dillon Danis vs. Garry Tonon Rematch

The second encounter between Garry Tonon and Danis took place in a Polaris 5 rematch, and Tonon was victorious once more, claiming the match by decision.

Dillon Danis vs. Lucas Barbosa

Later, at the World Championships, Danis was defeated by World Champions Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa and Luiz Panza based on points. In addition, Danis was defeated by UFC veteran Jake Shields in overtime at Submission Underground 4.

Dillon Danis Collab with “The Notorious” Conor McGregor

Danis was invited to join the Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor’s team as a coach and chief grappling training partner right before the notorious' battle against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in 2016.

Dillon quickly proved himself as one of the camp's most prominent figures, especially given the frequent troubles that occurred between the two training camps in the lead-up to the game.

In April 2017, after Dillon Danis's personality evolved at the McGregor camp, he became more vocal on social media. The bad boy stigma drove Marcelo Garcia to end his relationship with him, stating that this was not the impression he wanted to be linked with his academy.

Dillon achieved impressive scores, submitting world famous champions like Josh Hinger, Patrick Gaudio, Luan Carvalho, and Edwin Najmi.

Danis competed in several events during 2017, nearly all of which were world-class competitions.

At the 2017 ADCC, Dillon submitted Japanese grappler and MMA star Yukiyasu Ozawa.

MMA Career

Bellator MMA

In March 2017, Dillon started his own MMA career by signing with Bellator.

Dillon Danis vs. Kyle Walker

In April 2018, Dillon faced Kyle Walker with two losses via submission. In the rematch, Dillon attacked Walker with a textbook perfect toe-hold, making Walker tap out within a few minutes. 

Dillon Danis vs. Mahamed Aly

At the 2018 ADCC, Dillon lost to World Champion Mahamed Aly and top no-gi grappler Gordon Ryan, who were both defeated by penalty and the referee's decision.

Bellator 238 Backoff

In January 2020, Dillon was scheduled to fight at Bellator 238 but he backed off due to a knee injury he sustained when he was helping McGregor train for UFC 246 against Donald Cerron. Dillon went into reconstructive surgery in March 2020.

2.3. Dillon Danis Controversies

Dillion Danis Ban from all UFC Events

During UFC 268 event, inside Madison Square Garden, New York City, Dillon got into an argument with a Combat Sports Talent manager named Ali Abdelaziz who represented huge MMA fighting stars like Kamaru Usman, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Kayla Harrison. 

He was slapped by Abdelaziz and Dillon Danis was banned from all UFC events. The reason behind the argument is still unclear.

Dillon Danis’s Arrest at the Restaurant

In September 2021, Dillon was charged and arrested for misbehaving at Beachcomber Bar and Grill in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. He was choked by the security guard to get him in control, handcuffed, and taken to custody. The video of the young Bellator fighter went viral and the fighter was criticized by many for his actions.

Dillon Danis and Khabib Nurmagomedov Dispute

Back in October 2018, at UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov, former undefeated lightweight champion, scaled the cage and attacked Dillon Danis after winning against Conor Mcgregor.

High security was involved to separate both groups for which both teams were banned from all the UFC events as a result .

2.4. Dillon Danis’s Championships and Accomplishments

  • IBJJF Pan Champion
  • IBJJF World Champion
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro
  • IBJJF Boca Raton Open Champion

3. Dillon Danis’s Main Achievements

Year Event Position
2016 IBJJF New York Spring Open 1st
2016 IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi 1st
2015 IBJJF Boca Raton Open 1st

4. Dillon Danis’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Events Belt Position
2015 IBJJF New York Spring Open Brown 1st
2015 IBJJF New York Spring Open Brown 2nd
2014 IBJJF New York Spring Open Brown 1st
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi Brown 1st
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship Brown 1st
2014 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Brown 1st
2014 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Brown 1st
2014  IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi Brown 3rd
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi Brown 1st
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship Brown 1st
2012 IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi Purple 3rd

5. Dillon Danis’s Professional Record Breakdown

5.1. Dillon Danis Grappling Record

Professional Record Breakdown
33 Matches 18 Wins 15 Losses
By Submission 11 1
By Points 3 7
By Decision 1 2
By Advantages 2 2
By Penalties 0 2
By EBI/OT 1 1

5.2. Submission Methods W/L

Submission Methods 11 Wins 1 Loss
Kneebar 3 0
Arm in Guillotine 3 0
Darce Choke 1 0
Toe Hold 2 0
Inside Heel Hook 1 1
Triangle 1 0

7. Dillon Danis’s Professional Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2017 SUG 3 AJ Agazarm W EBI/OT SPF ABS
2017 Pan American Lucas Rocha L Pts: 8x2 8F 88KG
2017 Atlanta Spring O. AJ Agazarm W Pts: 10x0 F 88KG
2017 SUG 4 Jake Shields L EBI/OT SPF 88KG
2017 World Champ. Luiz Panza L Pts: 11x4 R1 ABS
2017 World Champ. Lucas Barbosa L Pts: 7x2 R1 88KG
2017 Polaris 5 Garry Tonon L Referee Decision SPF 81KG
2017 ADCC Gordon Ryan L Referee Decision E1 88KG
2017 ADCC Y. Ozawa W Arm in guillotine E1 ABS
2017 ADCC Mahamed Aly L Pts: 0x0, Pen 4F ABS
2016 Copa Podio Edwin Najmi W Pts: 7x0 GP 77KG
2016 Copa Podio Diego Borges L Pts: 0x0, Pen GP 77KG
2016 Copa Podio Patrick Gaudio W Pts: 2x2, Adv GP 77KG
2016 Copa Podio Luan Carvalho W Pts: 0x0, Adv GP 77KG
2016 Copa Podio Leandro Lo L Pts: 2x0 SF 77KG
2016 Copa Podio Diego Borges L Injury 3RD 77KG
2016 Pan American Josh Hinger W Triangle R1 82KG
2016 Pan American Vinicius Marinho L Pts: 2x2, Adv 8F 82KG
2016 NY Spring Open Javier Yamuni W Kneebar SF 82KG
2016 NY Spring Open Luke Harris W Toe hold SF ABS
2016 World Champ. Victor Silverio W Referee Decision R2 82KG
2016 World Champ. Gustavo Campos W Toe hold 8F 82KG
2016 World Champ. Otavio Sousa L Pts: 4x0 4F 82KG
2016 Copa Podio Leandro Lo L Pts: 0x0, Adv GP 86KG
2016 Copa Podio Max Gimenis L Pts: 2x0 GP 86KG
2016 Copa Podio N. Meregali L Pts: 7x0 GP 86KG
2016 NoGi Pan Ams Gottrell King W Kneebar SF 83KG
2016 NoGi Pan Ams Murilo Santana W Pts: 2x0 F 83KG
2016 NoGi Pan Ams Todd Mueckenheim W Arm in guillotine 4F ABS
2016 NoGi Pan Ams Tex Johnson W Arm in guillotine SF ABS
2016 Polaris 4 Jackson Sousa W Inside heel hook SPF 90KG
2015 Boca Raton Open Javier Valenciano W Kneebar SF 82KG
2015 Metamoris 6 Joe Lauzon W Darce choke SPF ABS
2015 ADCC Garry Tonon L Inside heel hook R1 77KG

8. Video Links 

Full Fight | Dillon Danis vs Kyle Walker - Bellator 198

Full Fight | Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey | Bellator 222

Dillon Danis: Marcelo Garcia 'Dream Team' black belt || BJJ Hacks in NYC

Conor Mcgregor & Dillon Danis training ahead of UFC 205

Love Him Or Hate Him, Dillon Danis Has Smooth Jiu-Jitsu

Photo credit: @dillondanis

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