Dillon Danis Targets His MMA Debut for Bellator in January

October 28, 2017 8:37 am by Justin Golightly

Multiple weight submission grappling champion Garry Tonon has recently signed on to ONE to make his MMA debut, while the time for Dillon Danis to make his debut is drawing near. The brash young jiu jitsu black belt signed on with Bellator and is currently prepping for the steep transition. He’s not wanting to take it easy in the MMA game though, in fact he already has his eyes set on gold. Dillon Danis recently revealed details about his Bellator debut to the guys over at Submission Radio.

“I think I’m gonna make my [Bellator] debut maybe January. I was planning on December before this whole surgery thing happened, but I want to focus a lot more on my hands and stuff like that. But yeah, I think I’m going to go full in now to MMA and maybe still do some jiu jitsu matches or maybe focus a little bit more on jiu jitsu and then do both. I don’t know. I’m trying to figure everything out now honestly. It’s rough, you know? […] I think 170 is going to be good for me. I was talking to [George] Lockhart about it, he was saying 170. But honestly, I feel like I can make 155, but maybe later on in my career. For now, I mean, 170 I think will be good for me. I like to eat, so I like to enjoy some food. At 170 it will be hard but it won’t be too crazy. 155 will be like super hard but I think I can get it done, but I want to start with 170 for sure.”

“It doesn’t matter to me [what opponent I fight], honestly. I’m 24-years-old so I’m gonna fight everybody anyway. So honestly, I was thinking it’d be really cool to fight the champion in the first fight. I was thinking of Douglas Lima. I really, really, really think that Douglas Lima would be an easy fight for me. I really think so. I feel that on the ground I would, you know, play with him and that was what I was thinking. I thought that would be kind of cool. But I mean, I gotta listen to my coaches too and make sure that I go on the right path because I’m not in this for two or three fights, I’m in this to be the best in the world. So, I shall listen to the people I have around me, but I honestly think Douglas Lima would be an easy fight. […] I believe in my heart 100 percent that I would beat him (Douglas Lima) in my first fight. So who knows.”

Well, no need to wait to hear what UFC welterweight champion Douglas Lima thinks about that fight. Regardless of if Danis’ ideas are delusions of grandeur or not, he’s talking and people are listening. Between his grappling accolades and his ties with MMA’s biggest star Conor McGregor, he’s certainly got more eyes on him that any fighter with zero wins and zero losses. We’ll have to wait and see if Bellator tries to build Dillon Danis up slowly, or feed him to the wolves immediately.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/28/2017.


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