Dillon Danis revealed that he had sustained a serious injury to his LCL in the days leading up to his Bellator 222 main-card showdown with Max Humphrey.
Danis was very comfortable in his second pro-outing last night as he submitted his opponent in the very first-round with little to no issue – taking the fight to the ground within the opening thirty seconds before gradually working his way towards a submission.
Speaking in a post-fight interview with ESPN, Danis revealed that his showdown with Humphrey could have been called off altogether had he not found it within himself to battle through a tear to his lateral collateral ligament sustained in the leadup to the bout.
“[Last] Friday, I tore my LCL [lateral collateral ligament] completely. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t stand. It was terrible. Man, I didn’t know if I could do it, I swear. But I did it and I took it as a life experience and pulled it off. It makes it all the sweeter.
“95% of fighters would have pulled out of this fight. I just kept telling myself, ‘You’re different’. You are going to be the best.”
Danis’ friend and training partner Conor McGregor is a man who knows more than most about the gruelling nature of fighting through a torn ligament – having torn his ACL prior to taking on Chad Mendes at UFC 189.
Of course, seeking out the help and advice of McGregor would have been a no-brainer for the BJJ wiz and from there, he went on to explain exactly how helpful the Irishman was to him.
“We talked about it a lot and Conor said, ‘You know what man, you can do it’.
“We obviously talked back and forth. He was asking how was this and that. He’s always there for me with advice. He’s been through it all. The mental side and the physical side. He’s a great mentor for me.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena