Bellator President Scott Coker took a second throughout a latest Bellator post-event press convention to weigh in on undefeated MMA persona Dillon Danis’s transfer to movie star boxing.
Introduced earlier this week, Danis will face YouTuber and aspiring boxer KSI this January at an MF & DAZN X Sequence occasion in London. A 2-0 contender within the cage, Danis can be making his first foray right into a striking-exclusive fight sport regardless of his proclivity for the bottom recreation.
A BJJ Black Belt beneath Marcelo Garcia, Danis made a reputation for himself first for his grappling prowess and later for his controversial conduct. UFC legend Connor McGregor employed the younger Danis as a grappling coach in 2016. Danis signed with Bellator a 12 months later. Making his debut in 2018, Danis ran although each Kyle Walker (2-5) and Max Humphrey (3-3) with back-to-back submissions. The importance of those fights would endure years later when Danis failed to recollect both of his opponents names in a 2021 interview with Ariel Helwani. Neither man has competed professionally since.
Beginning with a cageside brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, all of Danis’s post-Humphrey fights have taken place outdoors of competitors. His public spats have ranged from getting pelted with rest room paper by movie star pugilist Jake Paul, to being bodily detained by a bouncer in New Jersey. He’s continuously lobbied to battle both of the Paul brothers, however each have gone on to face increased profile opponents, together with Anderson Silva and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Responding to the information of Danis’ boxing endeavors, Coker expressed disappointment in ‘El Jefe’’s profession change.
“The factor that may be a little irritating is when you consider Dillon Danis, the man has a terrific floor recreation, he’s probably the greatest Jiu-Jitsu guys on the planet,” Coker mentioned of Danis within the post-Bellator 288 press convention. “So we signed him, we needed to develop him, we needed him to come back into our system and begin preventing. Combating harder guys. However I feel he acquired sidetracked just a little bit and different issues acquired in the best way. To me, he had a whole lot of potential. We will’t make him do it, he’s gotta need to do it. Proper now he’s doing one thing else.”
KSI presently sits at a 3-0 document, his first win being a break up determination towards Logan Paul in 2019. Bloody Elbow has reached out to Danis for remark, and can replace the story ought to he reply.