Dillon Danis is set to make his MMA debut at Bellator 198. Danis, who has an impressive grappling resume to showcase, will be going up against Kyle Walker at the event.
Ahead of his high profile debut, Danis is full of confidence and aims to be a world champion one day.
“At the end of the day, I’m getting into this to be the world champion, so I got into striking thinking, ‘OK, is this – am I going to be able to strike with the best in the world?’ That’s what you have to think. So, I am working on my striking like I am a world champion, and I think if you go in with the mindset – thinking, ‘I’m just going to do enough not to get hit’ or something like that – I think you’re going in with the wrong mindset.” Danis told during his appearance on the MMA Junkie Radio this week.
Facing the adversities
Apart from his impressive grappling records, one thing that shot Danis to fame was his association with former UFC champion Conor McGregor. Most people still recognize Danis as the training partner of McGregor and this has hyped his MMA debut.
Despite all the pressure, Danis knows that he has to face the adversities.
“My first two years, when I started, I wasn’t the most athletic. I wasn’t the most talented. I didn’t just come to the gym and I was tapping everybody, you know? It took me a little bit. It was rough for me a couple times. I was getting tapped by grown men, and I was just a kid. It was frustrating. There were a lot of days I’d go home and cry. I was like, ‘Can I do this?’ You have to face your adversity. You have to face your obstacles. And I stuck with it, and now it’s been 10 years I’ve been training, so martial arts and adversity go hand in hand.” He added.
Bellator 198 is scheduled to take place on April 28 and the fight between Danis and Walker will take place at 175-pound catchweight.