Dillon Danis has spoken about the gratitude he feels for Conor McGregor and the effect that he has had on his growth in the MMA scene in recent years.
Danis was first drafted in by Team McGregor to aid the Irishman as he prepared to take on his heated rival Nate Diaz and in the time since, has taken on major fame in his own right.
Sure, he might not exactly be the most popular figure within the sport’s circle but for what it’s worth, Danis has made his name a recognizable one within a sea of others trying to do the same.
Speaking in a recent interview with the New York Post, the former BJJ wiz spoke about the influence that the Irishman has had on him and his career over the course of the last few years.
“He’s a big brother to me. It’s like getting to watch Muhammad Ali every day. He teaches me that the things you say are important.”
“It’s kind of crazy. Being young and getting this popularity, free things and girls everywhere,” Danis said.
“You could be 40-0, and no one will know your name. (I’m) 1-0, and everyone knows my name.”
Danis returns to the Bellator cage in June to take on Max Humphrey in the second fight of his pro-career. It’s early days right now and, of course, the challenges are yet to come but the American is confident that he will get through this task with little difficulty.
“[He’s] just someone who has to get taken out so I can achieve my dreams. He’s just a sacrificial lamb for me.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena