Dillon Danis - Multiple Times World MMA Champion
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Table of Contents
- 1. Dillon Danis’s Details
- 2. Dillon Danis’s Biography
- 2.1. Dillon Danis’s Early life and Amateur Fighting
- 2.2. Dillon Danis’s Historic Fights
- 2.3. Dillon Danis Controversies
- 2.4. Dillon Danis’s Championships and Accomplishments
- 3. Dillon Danis’s Main Achievements
- 4. Dillon Danis’s Main Achievements (Belts)
- 5. Dillon Danis’s Professional Record Breakdown
- 6. Dillon Danis’s Professional Fight History
- 7. Video Links
1. Dillon Danis’s Details
|Pro MMA Record||18-16-0|
|Date of Birth||August 22, 1993|
|Born||Parsippany Hills, New Jersey, United States|
|Career Disclosed Earnings||$4 Million|
|Fought out of||Bellator MMA|
|College/University||Parsippany Hills High School|
|Team||Alliance Newyork Academy|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Rolls Gracie -> Romero Cavalcanti -> Fabio Gurgel -> Marcelo Garcia -> Dillon Danis|
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.
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.
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
|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)
|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|
5.2. Submission Methods W/L
|Submission Methods||11 Wins||1 Loss|
|Arm in Guillotine||3||0|
|Inside Heel Hook||1||1|
7. Dillon Danis’s Professional Fight History
|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