I think we need to get real for a minute.
Dillon Danis, who made a successful debut in mixed martial arts (MMA) last weekend at Bellator 198 (video), could not buy a headline if it was not for his association with “proud” Conor McGregor, who is arguably the biggest star in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), if not all of combat sports.
Getting his foot in the door was the easy part. Now comes the hard part.
Danis (1-0) has nothing to offer the MMA world at the moment because he hasn’t really accomplished anything. So in order to keep people talking about him, he decided to ape McGregor’s path to success, which started with diarrhea of the mouth.
Remember when this sounded outrageous?
As expected, some of the more accomplished fighters in the sport have taken exception to the recent headlines, which are directed at the outrageous claims Danis is making (sample here) about his dominant future in MMA.
From Michael Bisping’s official podcast (via Sports Joe):
“Not only is he Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, he’s seeming to try to morph and copy McGregor’s antics. Certainly his clothing. Conor does wear some fucking really nice, cool shit and Dillon Danis is like the poor, second-hand, overwashed, hand-me-down version because his clothes are fucking terrible. But, he’s trying to be Conor so hard, it’s laughable. He even said, ‘After this weekend, I will own Bellator.’ That sounds vaguely like a line where Conor said, ‘I will own boxing.’ He probably knows that this kind of behavior, as it did with me, encourages more people to want to see you get knocked out than win. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. The bullshit that he’s doing, the shit that he’s spewing is working.”
You know what they say about the pot and the kettle.
The purpose of most trash talk is distraction. Sure, some people run off at the mouth because they’re just douchebags, but when you look at what Conor McGregor did at the Floyd Mayweather press conferences ... of course it was going to be a circus.
How much of the actual boxing match was discussed?
If the press focused on the stylistic match up, the press conference would be over in three minutes, because it’s ludicrous to compare a UFC fighter with no professional boxing experience to the most successful pugilist of our generation.
Either way, it’s a tried-and-true formula, or we would have never had this ridiculous fight, which gave birth to an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
As for Danis, expect more of the same, win or lose, because he’s got bills to pay.