Dillon Danis is Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, yet he may not be allowed in the Irishman’s corner at UFC 246.
Back at UFC 229, after Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor, the Russian jumped outside of the Octagon at Danis who was in McGregor’s corner. For the post-fight brawl, the undefeated Bellator fighter was suspended and fined $7500. Yet, it appears Danis has yet to pay the fine. Which, may lead to him not being able to be in the corner on Jan. 18.
According to Bob Bennett, @dillondanis owes state of Nevada, NOT the athletic commission, $7,500 from his punishment in the #McGregorKhabib brawl at #UFC229. He will not be allowed to work @TheNotoriousMMA's corner at #UFC246 until he pays the fine.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) January 10, 2020
“According to Bob Bennett, @dillondanis owes state of Nevada, NOT the athletic commission, $7,500 from his punishment in the #McGregorKhabib brawl at #UFC229,” Iole wrote on Twitter. “He will not be allowed to work @TheNotoriousMMA’s corner at #UFC246 until he pays the fine.”
Although the fine has yet to be paid, it seems likely Danis will pay the fine to be able to be in Conor McGregor’s against Donald Cerrone. Especially, given the fact, many think the best way for “Cowboy” to win this fight is to go the ground and look for a submission.
Yet, Dillon Danis believes the Irishman’s ground game has gotten much better and everyone will see just how good McGregor is.
“Conor’s always been prepared, man,” Danis told The Schmo of McGregor’s grappling. “Conor’s been one of the best jiu-jitsu guys that I’ve ever rolled with. Like MMA-wise since I started training with him. His jiu-jitsu is on another level, and it always has been.
“I think people just underestimate him for some reason. But, if it does go to the ground, they’ll see,” he added. “They’ll see how good he is.”
Dillon Danis has yet to comment on whether or not he will pay the fine and be in McGregor’s corner. But, he is also preparing for his own fight on Jan. 25 at Bellator 238 against Kegan Gennrich.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime