Grappler Profile: Dillon Danis


In the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling, one name has made quite a stir, a polarizing figure recognized for his skill, audacity, and notoriety – Dillon Danis. Known for his flamboyant social media presence and fierce competitiveness, Danis is a young talent who is not afraid to push boundaries or to step on a few toes.

Born on August 22, 1993, Danis hails from New Jersey in the United States. He took his first steps into the world of martial arts as a young child, starting with judo before switching to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was fifteen. Learning to discipline his impulsive character through his training, Danis quickly became a name to watch out for on the grappling scene.

Emergence in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

From his modest beginnings in the art, Danis quickly made a name for himself in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After switching from judo to jiu-jitsu, Danis found immediate success in the sport. Initially training in New Jersey, he soon made the move to New York to train at the world-famous Marcelo Garcia Academy.

Under the tutelage of Garcia, himself a five-time World Champion, Danis saw rapid improvement in his skills. His rise in the grappling world was meteoric, and he gradually built a reputation as a promising prospect in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Major Achievements

As one of the most recognizable faces in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu today, Dillon Danis’s list of achievements is long and impressive. Here are some highlights of his competitive career:

– Brown Belt World Champion (2014)
– Pan American Champion (2016)
– New York Spring International Open Champion (2016)
– IBJJF World No-Gi Bronze Medallist (2015)

MMA Career and Controversies

Though his abilities in grappling cannot be denied, Dillon Danis has also made a name for himself through his brashness and controversial antics. His feuds with other fighters, particularly in the MMA arena, have garnered him considerable media attention.

He made his MMA debut in 2018 through Bellator MMA, winning his first match via submission and quickly proclaimed himself “the highest-paid fighter in Bellator”.

Beyond the grappling and MMA worlds, Danis made headlines when he joined UFC star Conor McGregor’s training camp as a jiu-jitsu coach in 2016. He played a key role in McGregor’s preparations for his rematch with Nate Diaz.

However, it wasn’t all positive. Danis made headlines in 2018 during the infamous brawl that followed Mcgregor’s bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Danis was involved in the post-fight melee that saw Khabib leap from the cage to attack him, leading to suspension and fines for both fighters.


In the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and beyond, Dillon Danis is a name that stands out – for his incredible talent and technique, as well as his knack for winding up controversies. Despite criticism, his ambition and drive to succeed have undeniably cemented his place in the world of martial arts.

Whether he’s competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments, fighting in the MMA cage, or causing a stir on social media, Dillon Danis brings an unmatched level of fire and intensity. Love him or hate him, there’s no doubt that Dillon Danis has left a significant mark on the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


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