Dillon Danis’ Bellator Debut Barely Lasts A Minute
Dillon Danis made light work on his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut earlier today (Sat., April 28, 2018) at Bellator 198 live on Paramount from inside Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, when he put a quick end to hometown fighter Kyle Walker (not the soccer player) via a rarely seen first-round toe hold submission.
As expected, it wasn’t an entirely perfect performance for Danis who came out in a Conor McGregor-like striking stance only to get clipped with two good power punches, but the jiu-jitsu expert quickly moved in for the clinch and ended up pulling guard.
Dillon Danis worked for a knee bar attempt but ended up transitioning to a toe hold and forced walker to tap.
With this performance, Danis cashes in on a huge opportunity to live up to the hype in his pro debut.
The 24-year-old prospect certainly needs some work on his striking and stand up game in general, but the future might be bright for Danis if he can continue to get opponents to the ground he will definitely provide more impressive finishes like this one.
Danis, has copped a lot of heat online after getting involved with Conor’s training camps and ‘biting’ his style on Instagram.
Danis trained with legendary coach Marcelo Garcia in New York. He was recruited to improve McGregor’s ground game after the swift manner in which he was submitted in his opening encounter with Diaz, at UFC 196.
Danis told Submission Radio how McGregor went hard at him from the get-go in his training camp and never let up. When Danis threw it right back, the respect between the pair grew.
The American was certainly the most emotional from the three men in McGregor’s corner at UFC 202 [the others being John Kavanagh and Owen Roddy]. When the going got tough, as it so often did, Danis was the one telling McGregor, “You’ve got more heart.”
Just three weeks ago, the 24-year-old Danis showed up at a New York jail to bail out McGregor after a bus rampage. He said it only helped to focus his mind for the task at hand against fellow Bellator newcomer Kyle Walker.
“I just know what I have to do, so all the outside noise, it’s easier to find calmness in it,” Danis said. “So I feel 100 percent focused on this fight. I know what needs to be done, and nothing will change it.”
CHECK OUT HOW DILLON DANIS SCORED THIS RARE SUBMISSION:
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