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Dillon Danis is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Marcelo Garcia, being part of a fruitful generation of grapplers produced by the well respected Alliance New York academy head coach. Danis became a BJJ fan household name after his 2014 brown belt run, through his eye-pleasing performances in some of jiu jitsu’s hardest tournaments, where he showcased a forward moving style which recognition in the sport. In 2016 Danis’ accomplishments led Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Conor McGregor to hire his services in the capacity of grappling coach ahead of UFC 202 ‘Diaz vs. McGregor 2’ event.

Dillon Danis Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Dillon Danis

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fabio Gurgel >Marcelo Garcia > Dillon Danis

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2016**)
  • IBJJF New York Spring Open Champion (2016**)
  • IBJJF Boca Raton International Open Champion (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2014 brown)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2014** brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2014**/2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2014**/2013 brown)
  • IBJJF New York Summer Open Champion (2014** brown)
  • IBJJF New York Spring Open Champion (2015* brown)
  • IBJJF New York Spring Open 2nd Place (2015 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2013* brown, 2012 purple)

* Absolute division
* Absolute and weight divisions

Favorite Position/Technique: Kneebar

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Dillon Danis Biography

Dillon Danis was born on August 22nd, 1993 in New Jersey – United States of America.

At 15 years of age he decided to start training jiu jitsu, this was due to a street fight at his school where Dillon managed to pull off a choke. Although he didn’t know how to grapple, he felt it was the right approach to the fight game, joining Jaime Cruz‘ academy in New Jersey.

Danis was not a strong teenager at the time, who (by his own admission) couldn’t do one single push-up. To make matters worse, his fellow jiu-jitsu classmates were all adults. To help his own development in grappling, Dillon added wrestling to his workload, training at Parsippany Hills with coach Jason Lodato.

Danis went through the jiu-jitsu belt system at Jamie Cruz’ academy, adding trips to Marcelo Garcia’s academy in New York from the age of 17. When Dillon turned 19, and with the sole purpose of becoming a professional jiu-jitsu athlete, he decided to move to New York and train full-time at Marcelo Garcia’s academy. His hard work and dedication paid off with wins at the sport’s most prestigious tournaments in 2014, these wins earned Danis his black belt on April 13, 2015.

In 2016 Danis was invited to become a coach and main grappling training partner of Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor ahead of the Notorious’ match against Nate Diaz, for UFC 202. Dillon became one of the bigger stars of that camp, particularly with the constant tribulations between both training camps on the build-up to that contest. As his personality developed at the McGregor camp, and he became more voiceful in his social media, the bad boy stigma led coach Marcelo Garcia to sever ties with Dillon Danis, on April 2017, claiming this was not the image he wanted to have associated with his academy.

Dillon Danis Grappling Record

18 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (22%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in guillotine
27
3
#86e620
Kneebar
27
3
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
18
2
#d1212a
Darce choke
9
1
#fad11b
Triangle
9
1
#f58822
Inside heel hook
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (13%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Injury
50
1
#86e620
Inside heel hook
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Dillon Danis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7845Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookADCC77KGR12015
8770Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 0x0, PenCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8784Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGSF2016
8787Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLInjuryCopa Podio77KG3RD2016
9182Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American82KG8F2016
9893Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
10047Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio86KGGP2016
10050Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0Copa Podio86KGGP2016
10054N. MeregaliLPts: 7x0Copa Podio86KGGP2016
12006Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG8F2017
12749Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsLPointsSUG 488KGSPF2017
12782Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPts: 11x4World Champ.ABSR12017
12928Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 7x2World Champ.88KGR12017
13411Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionPolaris 581KGSPF2017
13633Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017
13684Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABS4F2017
7182Javier ValencianoWKneebarBoca Raton Open82KGSF2015
7242Joe LauzonWDarce chokeMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
8766Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 7x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8779Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8783Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9172Josh HingerJosh HingerWTrianglePan American82KGR12016
9353Javier YamuniWKneebarNY Spring Open82KGSF2016
9359Luke HarrisWToe holdNY Spring OpenABSSF2016
9873Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9892Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
10528Gottrell KingWKneebarNoGi Pan Ams83KGSF2016
10530Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams83KGF2016
10543Todd MueckenheimWArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
10545Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10733Jackson SousaJackson SousaWInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11490AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsSUG 3ABSSPF2017
12659AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Atlanta Spring O.88KGF2017
13678Y. OzawaWArm in guillotineADCCABSE12017

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