Dillon Danis announced to the world via Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show that he will be making his return to the Bellator cage on May 11.
Danis’ pro-MMA debut saw him come away with an impressive first-round submission victory over Kyle Walker at Bellator 198.
After pulling guard on his opponent, the difference in their skill-levels on the ground became very apparent as the BJJ black-belt began to work – scoring a toe-hold to finish his man after 1 minutes 38 seconds of the very first-round.
Now, after questions loomed over his future following a seven month suspension handed to him by the NSAC following the UFC 229 post-fight skirmish involving him and Khabib Nurmagomedov, Danis confirmed to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he will make his return in May.
Bellator 221 will be headlined by the clash between lightweight veterans Michael Chandler and Patricio Pitbull and now also feature Danis’ attempt to move to 2-0 with a victory over Max Humphrey.
Humphrey, at present, holds a pro-record of 3-2 and in his last outing, he defeated by TKO by Anthony Goldfield.
One of his two losses has come by way of submission, a rear-naked choke to Zach Long in his third fight.
Danis may be amongst the most divisive characters in the game but make no mistake, this guy’s grappling is of an elite level so it will be interesting to see how his transition into the MMA world continues.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena