Dillon Danis Willing To Put Up $1 Million To Fight Ben Askren
You could say that Dillon Danis is Bellator’s answer to the UFC’s Ben Askren. Both men have made a habit of calling out anyone and everyone in the MMA world. So it goes without saying that the two have on several occasions called each other out and gone back and forth.
The friend and training partner of Conor McGregor, has now said that he wants to fight Askren so badly, he’s willing to put $1 million of his own money on the table to do so. As he told Ariel on The Ariel Helwani Show in the last few hours.
“I really want to go against Ben Askren though, that’s what I want to do. I was talking to [Bellator President Scott] Coker, we should do a cross promotion. I’ll put up a million dollars, because it would be the easiest fight ever.
“I would tap him so easy, it’s actually a joke. He’s so un-athletic, he’s so bad on the ground.
I just want to beat him before someone else beats him.”
The 1-0 Danis also gave his side of the UFC brawl, which saw Khabib Nurmagomedov jump out of the Octagon and throw a flying kick at Danis.
“This started in I think the third or second round. I was behind the cage and he was on the other side and he kept trying to come. He was pointing and saying stuff to me and I was thinking in my head, ‘Man, this guy is crazy.’ I’m trying to focus on my friend here. He kept coming and saying stuff and cursing and I’m like, ‘This dude is insane.’
“Even in between rounds, they were close to the fence and he was like eyeing and mouthing stuff. It started actually during the fight, that stuff was going on. So I could kind of sense he was in a different state of mind.
“After the fight, even with Nate Diaz or any of them, after a fight it’s usually respect. I would never, ever start a fight with someone after a fight. I’m a martial artist from the beginning, since I was a kid and that’s just not who I am.
“When he jumped, it was such a weird act because he had his hands and his feet up and it’s like, ‘How do I block this?’ I was really confused. I was like, ‘Is he going to drop kick me?’ In my head I just wanted to block. I don’t know if he hit me with a hammerfist. I don’t remember. I think most of the marks I had was from after when the guys were punching me and stuff. He didn’t really hit me.
“I remember I hit him with a right hand and then I got him in the clinch and had like a collar tie on him and was throwing uppercuts. It was weird because usually when you fight someone they want to fight you. He wasn’t coming toward me, he was going away from me and I kept trying to bring him back in the collar tie. It was the weirdest thing ever. It was just mayhem after that.”
Danis denied saying anything racist to provoke Khabib.
“There was how many people in that arena? There was not one video of me saying that. I’m pretty sure that was just [Khabib’s manager] Ali [Abdelaziz] trying to start trouble, which is very disheartening because I have very close friends that are Muslim and of many religions and that hurt me actually.”
The 25 year old also announced that he has a fight booked. He will fight Max Humphrey at Bellator 221, on May 11th in Rosemont, Illinois. Humphrey has a MMA record of 3-2. Danis would have completed his seven month suspension for his part in the UFC 229 brawl, just in time for Bellator 221.