UFC 246 is a massive event, especially in the career of Conor McGregor. If the Irishman fails to win here, we could possibly never see him in the octagon again. He will have to battle it out in the main event against Donald Cerrone without training partner and Jiu-Jitsu star Dillon Danis in his corner.
As per Kevin Lole last Friday, Dillon Danis still owes the state of Nevada $7500. This is a fallout from the post UFC 229 brawl. If Danis fails to pay the fine, he will be unable to corner McGregor at UFC 246 according to commissioner Bob Bennett.
According to Bob Bennett, @dillondanis owes state of Nevada, NOT the athletic commission, $7,500 from his punishment in the #McGregorKhabib brawl at #UFC229. He will not be allowed to work @TheNotoriousMMA's corner at #UFC246 until he pays the fine.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) January 10, 2020
Dillon Danis and Conor McGregor
Dillon Danis became part of Team McGregor after the first Nate Diaz fight. He cornered McGregor against Diaz the second time, against Eddie Alvarez and Khabib Nurmagomedov. He was also a part of Team McGregor for the Floyd Mayweather fight. It wasn’t a surprise to see Danis at press conferences or media days alongside McGregor, despite not being an actual training partner for this camp.
Dillon Danis also famously paid the $50,000 bail of Conor McGregor following his arrest at the UFC 223 media day.
Danis recently claimed in an interview that McGregor is one of the ‘best Jiu-Jitsu guys I’ve ever rolled with, MMA wise’. He is clearly confident in McGregor’s ground game, despite what the stats may infer.
We know that Cowboy has a dangerous submission game, notching 17 career victories via tap. McGregor has been susceptible to being submitted in his career, with all four of his losses coming via submission. Dillon Danis could have played an important part in McGregor’s corner, advising him how to deal with the threat of Cerrone’s ground game should the fight end up there. Don’t be mistaken, however, McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh is a blackbelt in Jiu-Jitsu, so McGregor will still have some solid advice in his corner.
Danis returns to the cage January 25th for Bellator 238.
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