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‘Proud’ Conor McGregor reacts to Dillon Danis’ submission win in pro MMA debut

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MMA: Bellator 198-Danis vs Walker Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports

You knew UFC superstar Conor McGregor wasn’t going to keep quiet tonight (Sat., April 28, 2018) after Straight Blast Gym teammate and good friend Dillon Danis made a successful professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at Bellator 198 in Rosemont, Illinois.

Danis, who has been training alongside “Notorious” for a few years now, didn’t waste too much time on his feet before pulling guard on opponent Kyle Walker, threatening with a knee bar, and eventually securing a first-round finish via toe hold submission (highlights here). It was pretty impressive, even though “El Jefe” was tagged a few times on the feet before dragging the action to the canvas.

In response to Danis’ successful MMA crossover, McGregor took to Instagram to congratulate his brother in arms:

Congrats to my brother @dillondanis on winning his MMA debut tonight! #Proud

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With more training alongside McGregor to come, Danis could quickly become a legitimate contender inside of the Bellator cage. But he will have to continue his evolution on the feet in order to transform himself into a more well-rounded and dangerous fighter.

As for McGregor, he’s going to lean heavy on Danis for grappling knowledge as he gears up for his return to the Octagon.

For complete Bellator 198 results and coverage click here.