Dillon Danis is making headlines once again, expressing his strong stance on his MMA career. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former Bellator competitor has declared that he would "rather retire" than take the route of Dana White's Contender Series.
In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Danis made it clear that he sees himself at the UFC level, emphasizing,
"I’d rather retire, bro. I’m not Sean O’Malley, I’m bigger than him. I have the most followers than any welterweight in all of MMA."
Having not competed in an MMA fight for over four years, Danis is eager to make his mark in the UFC. Despite his absence from the cage, his popularity remains high, fueled by his recent boxing match against Logan Paul and his call-outs for a UFC opportunity.
While Danis rules out the Contender Series, he does express openness to joining The Ultimate Fighter but not as a contestant. He envisions himself coaching alongside rising star Paddy Pimblett, foreseeing the immense viewership such a duo would attract.
As for his dream scenario for a UFC debut, Danis envisions a spot on the UFC 300 main card, facing Paddy Pimblett, with his close friend Conor McGregor headlining against Michael Chandler. Danis confidently states,
"Just give me anybody, and if they don’t do it, I can just retire and chill."
Despite the criticism he receives, Danis is undeterred, claiming he would fight anyone, even naming Kevin Holland as a potential opponent. Unfazed by his lack of recent MMA action, he believes his jiu-jitsu skills are on a different level and is ready for any challenge inside the octagon.
Now a free agent after parting ways with Bellator, Danis looks forward to the next chapter in his career. Unapologetically stating,
"I didn’t want to be in Bellator, they’re a bunch of bums anyway. I want to fight the best in the world [in the UFC],"
Dillon Danis continues to be a polarizing figure in the MMA world, keeping fans and critics alike on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating his next move.