BJJ superstar and Conor McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis made his MMA debut at Bellator 198 against Kyle Walker. Dani’s certainly didn’t lack confidence going into the fight and that reflected in his performance as he made quick work of Walker. He absorbed some shots but then it was just ground game and Danis managed to lock in a toe lock to earn his first professional MMA victory.
Danis called out, undoubtedly an MMA legend, Ben Askren. Askren though retired has shown some interest in the past in super-fights against the likes of Georges St-Pierre. Askren was a former Olympic wrestler and Bellator and ONE FC champion. Even if it being a big step up, Danis feels fairly confident in his chances. Danis in an interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA hour, feels that he believes the fight would go very well for him.
“I feel like I am the one to beat his undefeated record,” Danis said. “It would, I think, be a ground fight and it would be an easy submission for me. He does not like leg attacks. I know his game very well. I feel like he would be scared to go to the ground with me. So, yeah. I believe it would be an easy fight.”
Danis claims he has already announced himself as a contender.
“I feel like they’ve finally got their golden boy,” Danis said. “I 100 percent feel like that and I’m willing to do it. I feel like I can do something here. I feel like I have all the recipe to be different. I’ve been saying that. It’s all the things I’ve said. I really feel like no one has seen the way — my fighting style is so different. … I just feel like I’m different in every aspect and I feel like Bellator recognizes that. They feel like they finally have their golden boy.”