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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:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2016**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2016**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Boca Raton Open (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2014 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2014** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014**/2013 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2014**/2013 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Summer Open (2014** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2015* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2015 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (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.

Although Danis did not have amateur experience as an MMA fighter, once he chose to make the transition to cage-fighting, his name recognition immediately granted him the interest of a few major promotions with Bellator taking the contract. Dillon’s debut took place on April 28, 2018. A submission win over Kyle Walker.

Dillon Danis Grappling Record

18 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (6%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in guillotine
27
3
#86e620
Kneebar
27
3
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
18
2
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
9
1
#fad11b
Darce choke
9
1
#f58822
Triangle
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (6%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (13%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (6%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Dillon Danis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7896Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookADCC77KGR12015
8823Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 0x0, PenCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8837Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGSF2016
8840Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLInjuryCopa Podio77KG3RD2016
9236Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American82KG8F2016
9949Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
10103Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio86KGGP2016
10106Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0Copa Podio86KGGP2016
10110N. MeregaliLPts: 7x0Copa Podio86KGGP2016
12093Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG8F2017
12849Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsLEBI/OTSUG 488KGSPF2017
12882Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPts: 11x4World Champ.ABSR12017
13027Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 7x2World Champ.88KGR12017
13515Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionPolaris 581KGSPF2017
13735Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017
13786Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABS4F2017
7229Javier ValencianoWKneebarBoca Raton Open82KGSF2015
7289Joe LauzonWDarce chokeMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
8819Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 7x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8832Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8836Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9226Josh HingerJosh HingerWTrianglePan American82KGR12016
9407Javier YamuniWKneebarNY Spring Open82KGSF2016
9413Luke HarrisWToe holdNY Spring OpenABSSF2016
9929Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9948Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
10597Gottrell KingWKneebarNoGi Pan Ams83KGSF2016
10599Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams83KGF2016
10612Todd MueckenheimWArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
10614Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10803Jackson SousaJackson SousaWInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11573AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWEBI/OTSUG 3ABSSPF2017
12750AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 10x0Atlanta Spring O.88KGF2017
13780Y. OzawaWArm in guillotineADCCABSE12017

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