The former-middleweight champion of the world has laid into Dillon Danis for his obvious attempts to channel his training partner Conor McGregor’s image.
Dillon Danis might have picked up a memorable pro-debut win last weekend by way of a toehold at Bellator 198, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t earned himself a new crop of detractors.
Danis’ outspoken nature has been pointed at by some as a rather weak attempt to channel the mic-skills of his training partner Conor McGregor but despite this, the BJJ expert has maintained that he is his own man on his own journey into the turbulent world of mixed martial arts.
One man who disagrees with that notion, however, is the famously motor-mouthed former middleweight champion of the world, Michael Bisping, who, on an episode of his popular podcast Believe You Me detailed why Danis will never be seen as anything more than a second-rate rip off of Conor McGregor.
“Not only is he Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, he’s seeming to try to morph and copy McGregor’s antics. Certainly his clothing. Conor does wear some f*cking really nice, cool shit and Dillon Danis is like the poor, second-hand, overwashed, hand-me-down version because his clothes are f*cking terrible.
“But, he’s trying to be Conor so hard, it’s laughable. Does that mean you can’t find that person annoying, Luis? Does it mean that he’s not an irritating, annoying f*ck that he’s purely ripping off his teammate and friend?”
“I’m just saying with the clothes, with the talk, with everything he’s just a carbon copy of everything Conor does. But as I say, we’re talking about him so it’s working. He probably knows that this kind of behaviour, as it did with me, encourages more people to want to see you get knocked out than win. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. The bullshit that he’s doing, the shit that he’s spewing is working.” – (via JOE.ie)
We’ve seen it time and time again, where a fighter’s willingness to piss off the masses can be used in his favour. Whether its the legendary ramblings of Chael Sonnen or the ill-advised insults of Colby Covington, attention – no matter how you attain it – can be translated into eyeballs on your fight.
The one thing that Dillon Danis needs to do, at this stage, is just make sure he keeps winning.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena