Dillon Danis recently parted ways with his Bellator contract, sparking rumors of a potential move to the UFC. Danis joined Bellator in 2018, but competed only twice over a 14-month span. Both times he emerged victorious with first-round submission wins.
However, injuries and a series of issues prevented the Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert from returning to the cage. He ended up competing in just one bout in the past four years. This resulted in a disqualification loss in a boxing match against Logan Paul.
Despite no concrete indications of the UFC’s interest in acquiring Danis, the combatant expressed his desire to secure a UFC contract following his recent defeat. Given his close association with Conor McGregor, there’s speculation that McGregor’s influence might play a role in facilitating this transition.
Considering the Danis PPV likely did major PPV number with estimates ranging from 800k to 1.3M it’s not hard to see why White had a dilemma on his hands.
During a press conference, UFC CEO Dana White was questioned about his intentions regarding Dillon Danis. White’s response reflected a certain level of hesitancy, primarily due to Danis’ history of involvement in controversial incidents.
White stated: “I don’t know. I actually haven’t even thought about that.”
Official confirmation from the UFC regarding the signing of Dillon Danis is still pending. Nevertheless, Danis has taken to social media platforms to assert his confidence and anticipation for his UFC debut. He also expressed his belief in the profitability of a partnership with the organization.
Beyond the contractual discussions, Danis made it clear that he has ‘unfinished business’ with UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.
Referring to an incident at UFC 229 when Khabib Nurmagomedov confronted Danis in the audience after submitting Conor McGregor, it’s evident that the events of that night continue to bother both McGregor and Danis.
While his association with Conor McGregor and his track record in Bellator undoubtedly add intrigue, concerns about his conduct in the past raise valid questions. Only time will tell if Danis will find his place in the highly competitive world of the UFC.