Dillon Danis thrives on being in the spotlight, but his antics outside the MMA cage might just be the roadblock preventing him from fulfilling his UFC dreams.
Danis recently stepped into the boxing ring against Logan Paul and was recently cut loose from Bellator, where he competed in MMA twice. Now, he’s expressed interest in returning to MMA, but there’s a catch—he only wants to do it in the UFC.
However, Danis has taken a very public route to get the UFC’s attention, and it’s not sitting well with UFC CEO Dana White. White has been vocal about Danis’ behavior, which often includes online trolling, physical altercations, and near-brawls in public settings, and it doesn’t align with what White wants in his promotion.
White expressed his concerns on The Full Send podcast, stating, “I have no beef with the kid at all, I’ve probably said two words to him in my whole life — but every time he’s around, s***’s going down. We can’t have that stuff going on here.”
While Danis never officially fought in the UFC, he was embroiled in one of the ugliest MMA incidents in recent history when he got into a brawl with former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov after Nurmagomedov’s victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229.
Adding to his controversial resume, Danis made headlines by tossing a microphone at Logan Paul during a fiery faceoff ahead of their boxing match in England, causing a cut on Paul’s face and jeopardizing the fight.
Danis has also been involved in various physical altercations outside of MMA events, including an incident near UFC 295 in New York City, which White only found out about through social media.
While Danis’ behavior undeniably grabs attention, White emphasized that the constant threat of violence and chaos surrounding him isn’t what the UFC stands for. White rebuffed the notion that the UFC encourages such altercations to boost interest in fights, stating, “We don’t need that s*** to sell fights. The athletic commission goes crazy, and people start getting fined and they come after us. It’s our job to keep that s*** under control. That’s why where you see these other events with guys and everything breaks out like that, it’s a f****** total unprofessional clown show.”
So, while Dillon Danis may be chasing the UFC dream, his disruptive behavior may prove to be his biggest obstacle on the path to the Octagon.
What are your thoughts on Dillon Danis’ behavior outside the MMA cage and its potential impact on his chances of joining the UFC? Do you believe such antics have a place in professional combat sports? Leave a comment.