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Dillon Danis On The Misconceptions About Conor McGregor’s Grappling Skills

Dillon Danis gave an insightful interview to Submission Radio recently in which he touched on a great many subjects including the grappling skills of his team-mate, Conor McGregor.

Has there ever been a fighter with an 0-0 record who splits people down the middle quick like Dillon Danis? With the exception of the likes of CM Punk and other so-called ‘novelty acts’, I struggle to recall ever seeing someone who has garnered such a divisive reputation on the back of so little in way of actual fights in the MMA world.

Sure, Danis’ grappling background is a decorated one but in truth, his unapologetically brash and sometimes overly confident outlook on things – as well as his connections to the UFC superstar Conor McGregor – have seen him gain an army of detractors that would no doubt be absent if he had simply continued to hone his craft in silence.

But really, with his MMA debut looming, Danis has done a good job at talking his name into the headlines and while a lot will hinge on how he looks in his first outing as a mixed martial artist, an impressive win could well give him the push he needs to make an impact at 170lbs in Bellator.

Of course, training with Conor McGregor is a surefire way to put your career on the fast track but in helping the Irishman with his training, Danis has also found himself in a position to learn from one of the game’s most intelligent minds, something that will prove to be an invaluable resource as he makes the transition over from grappling.

Danis spoke to Submission Radio recently and gave some insight into Conor’s next move within the sport, and like pretty much all of his teammates before him, he too stated his belief that the champ would take on the interim-title holder Tony Ferguson rather than the big-money fight that is Nate Diaz.

“Honestly, I haven’t really talked to Conor or any of those guys but I would think that it’ll be Tony Ferguson next because he won [the interim-title] and Conor has to defend the belt.

“And me knowing Conor, Tony’s been talking a lot of shit and I know Conor is going to want to shut him up. So I could see that happening.”

As a top-level grappler himself, Danis has faced some of the premier grapplers in the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu but despite the fact that many hold the view that Conor’s ground-skills are an Achille’s heel of sorts, he maintains that the champ’s skill-set on the mat is far better than people believe it to be, even in comparison with the diverse and formidable force that is Tony Ferguson.

When asked if McGregor could handle himself if ‘El Cucuy’ managed to take him down, Danis was emphatic in his response stating:

“100%. I don’t know where people judge that off of [Conor’s supposed shortcomings on the mat], I don’t know why they would say he [Ferguson] has a superior advantage on the ground, people don’t know what Conor’s jiu-jitsu is like.

“With me training with Conor on the ground so much I feel like he’ll be fine on the ground or even better.

“I would look forward to seeing that fight. I think Conor would pick him apart on the feet and most likely knock him out early or just do whatever he wants with him.”

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]