Dillon Danis, Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, revealed on The MMA Hour that he was one of the targets Team Diaz was after during the near-riot that erupted at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference (see it again here).
In fact, Danis said he was the main target of Nate’s water bottle throwing during the melee. Something Nate himself confirmed during the post-fight presser, criticizing the jiu-jitsu expert for training with the enemy, so to speak.
"The jiu-jitsu coach he has, we, I’m going to get that motherfucker, man. That guy is on my hit list. This is American and he’s over there representing with him. And then he wants to try and loc up at the press conference like he’s hard. That’s the reason all them fools got rushed up at the press conference is because they rolled in acting like they’re the hardest shit in town."
Danis, meanwhile, doesn’t understand why Nate has a personal vendetta against him, but didn’t back down one bit, saying that if the Stockton slugger wants to go toe-to-toe in any arena, be it jiu-jitus or MMA, he’s more than happy to oblige.
"I don’t know what that means that I’m on his hit list. But if he wants to do a jiu-jitsu match or MMA, I will fight him in MMA if he wants. He can do a CM Punk with me and bring me into the UFC to be my first fight. I’ll fight him in a couple of months, whatever he wants to do. I don’t know what he means by I’m on his hit list, but any combat he wants to do, I’m ready to step in there with him, whatever he wants. I’ll fight him in MMA tomorrow. I had a lot of respect for Nate Diaz. I went to shake his hand after the fight and he wouldn’t shake my hand and wouldn’t say anything to me. This is the fight game. After the fight, emotions are high, but come on, I did nothing to him and I don’t understand, but, now he wants to make it personal and if he wants to fight, that’s fine. I don’t think I’m reppin’ Ireland, I’m still reppin’ USA. I don’t understand what he is talking about. If anything, his coach is Brazilian. He’s a Gracie, he’s Brazilian it does not make any sense what he’s saying."
Danis revealed that during the fight, Diaz would repeatedly look over to him and the rest of Conor’s corner to talk trash. A move Danis described as "gangster."
Should Nate accept, he will have more than his hands full in the jiu-jitsu game, as Dillon is a world class black belt under Marcelo Garcia, with numerous accomplishments on his resume with big wins in the biggest jiu-jitsu tournaments in the world.
Dillion has yet to make the jump into MMA competition, but said he plans on doing it soon.