Grappling sensation Dillon Danis is set to make his Bellator MMA debut in the near future as his signing with the promotion was announced earlier this month. In the video above, we get a look at Danis doing a photoshoot in Bellator gear wearing the Bellator MMA gloves.
The training partner of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been making a lot of noise as his professional mixed martial arts debut is on the horizon.
Danis has followed in McGregor’s footsteps making sure to get the attention of many with his trash talk and confidence. Danis recently claimed that he is now the highest paid fighter on the Bellator MMA roster, which is surely getting attention of veterans in the promotion.
“We talked to the UFC, for them it’s just hard to sign anyone who doesn’t have any fights,” Danis said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting). “We were negotiating but Bellator came with money from the beginning. In the future, we’ll see what happens, but it was right this time with Bellator, the money was right, everything was right and they needed a star, you know?”
“I’m the highest-paid guy in Bellator now, so that’s all I can say,” Danis added.
With a some grappling competitons still on his schedule for this year including ADCC, Danis will look to check off a few goals from his grappling and BJJ checklist before making his MMA debut in Bellator. There will surely be a list of fighters open to welcoming the grappling star to the cage.
“It’s just who I am,” Danis said of his character. “I’m not trying to be anyone. I’m okay with it. At the end of the day, I told the truth and that’s it. I’m not trying to be anything, that’s just how I am. I say the truth and people get upset about it. These guys in jiu-jitsu are mad, but at the end of the day, I’m bringing more attention.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/31/2017.