Dillon Danis has made a lot of noise since announcing himself on the MMA scene as Conor McGregor’s training partner during the Crumlin native’s rise to the top.
Danis has since signed with Bellator where he has accumulated a 2-0 record and despite still being in the infancy of his career, Danis had garnered a lot of publicity due to the nature of his call-outs which thus far has included UFC fighters, Ben Askren and Kevin Lee among other
One call-out, however, that maybe seemed a bit out there wwas Danis’ repeated offers to face pound-for-pound great, Jon Jones in either a grappling or MMA contest.
“I offered to do a grappling match with him,” Danis recently told Ariel Helwani.
“If we fought in MMA, I feel like, from his stance and how tall he is, if I did an Imanari roll I would take his leg home with me.”
When asked why he believed he could overcome the size advantage, Danis continued:
“Why not? I come from jiu-jitsu where we fight the biggest guys.
“I’ve fought guys that are like 300 pounds in jiu-jitsu. You have to do it. I fought seven of them in the same day. So I don’t know man, I’m a different kind of martial artist. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, training with anybody and anywhere.”
Ahead of his upcoming title defence against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 next weekend, Jones appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show this week and addressed the ongoing call-outs by Danis.
“Dude, nothing is going on with Dillon Danis,” Jones said.
“I think he knows I’m the type of guy to respond and it’s getting his following up. So, I think that’s what’s going on with him. At the end of the day, I don’t come out and talk trash about these guys. That just came out of nowhere. I feel like I’ve been in this sport for over 10 years now, some guys just like to bring up my name because it looks cool.”
Jones says he wouldn’t face Danis in a grappling contest but the light-heavyweight champion didn’t mix his words when saying where he would happily put his foot in Danis’ mouth.
“I wouldn’t grapple him but I’d put my foot in his mouth.”