‘I Don’t Want to Go to Jail for Murder’- Dillon Danis Dismisses Diego Sanchez’s Call Out for a Bare-Knuckle Showdown

Published 08/21/2021, 10:49 AM EDT


Mixed martial artist Dillon Danis hasn’t fought ever since his last win against Max Humphrey at Bellator 222, back in 2019. Since then, ‘El Jefe’ has been making headlines for calling out several fighters across the board hoping to get a big payday for himself.

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Recently Dillon Danis revealed he had received an offer to compete in a boxing match with former UFC champion Michael Bisping. And although ‘The Count’ was quick to dismiss the notion of ever taking up such an offer, UFC veteran Diego Sanchez was quick to express his interest in the same, calling out Danis to step inside the ring with him instead.

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However, Danis doesn’t seem up for a showdown with ‘The Nightmare’ posting the following Tweet in response to Sanchez’s unexpected call out. Although Diego Sanchez is towards the tail end of his fighting career, his striking skills are far more advanced than that of Dillon Danis. Perhaps that is why ‘El Jefe’ isn’t looking for a showdown with Sanchez.

With the rise of celebrity boxing and cross-promotion fights, fighters such as Dillon Danis have been calling for high-profile fights. Specifically against opponents that are not only past their prime but also gigantic pay-per-view attractions.

This could be another reason for Danis dismissing Sanchez’s call out. One of the most beloved fighters to have come out from the UFC, Diego Sanchez was unceremoniously let go from the UFC because of problems created by his former coach, Joshua Fabia.

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Will we ever see Dillon Danis inside a UFC octagon?

Dillon Danis is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom with several accolades to his name. Under the tutelage of Marcelo Garcia, Danis secured first place in the IBJJF World Championship (2014). Danis was also the recipient of another first-place victory at the IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2016).

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In 2018, the New Jersey native made his MMA debut in Bellator, securing a first-round submission win against Kyle Walker. In his next matchup, Danis secured another submission win, this time against Max Humphrey at Bellator 222.

Since then, instead of focusing on working his way through the ranks in Bellator, the 27-year-old has been in the limelight for his antics on social media; most notably for his brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Dillon Danis has the skills and time to work his way to the top of the sport. However, it seems like that might not be a priority for him.

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What do you think? Will we ever see Dillon Danis inside a UFC octagon? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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