After topping Dillon Danis in a grudge rematch at last night’s Polaris 5 grappling event in London, Danaher Death Squad member Garry Tonon busted out a less than convincing impression of Danis’s friend and training partner Conor McGregor.
Tonon and Danis first fought at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship back in 2015. On that occasion, Tonon tapped Danis with an inside heel hook. Since then, a rather heated rivalry has developed between the two, with Danis getting involved in social media spats not only with Tonon but also his student Gordon Ryan. There was also an incident at the ADCC North American trials last year involving the three that almost resulted in a brawl. Considering all that has happened in the past and Danis’s feisty nature, it came as no surprise that the weigh-in staredown between the pair on Friday was a tense one.
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In the end, however, there was no sweet revenge for Danis. The talented Tonon didn’t procure the tap from the Marcelo Garcia black belt on this occasion but he was declared the unanimous decision victor after 15 minutes of action.
In his post fight interview, Tonon acknowledged the animosity between the pair and it appeared as though he was about to extend an olive branch to Danis, but instead he pulled the old bait and switch.
“There was a lot of social media banter leading up to this match, and I’d just like to say to Dillon, I apologize for absolutely fucking nothing! The two-time champ does what he fucking wants,” said Tonon, while mercilessly slaughtering the Irish accent.
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Tonon did, however, go on to give Danis credit and he even played down the significance of a decision win.
“He did much better than the previous fight,” said the Tom deBlass and Ricardo Almeida black belt. “I didn’t submit him so there isn’t a real clear winner in my opinion. I felt like I was able to get off some attacks, but not close enough to finish(Transcription via BloodyElbow).”
For Danis, who has signed with Bellator MMA and will attempt the transition to mixed combat in the near future, it hasn’t been the best year on the grappling mats. While he has logged a couple of wins over AJ Agazarm, he has incurred defeats to Jake Shields, Luiz Panza, Lucas Barbosa and now Tonon.
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