Dillon Danis is just over a month away from his MMA debut at Bellator 198, and feels that he’s been disrespected by people who think he is taking this fight lightly.
“It’s that people would think I would do this not prepared,” Danis told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “They think that I would take this as a joke. And I know MMA is a ruthless game and you can get hurt. You could basically change your life with a wrong fight or something. I feel disrespected that people would think that I’m just going into this lightly or I’m just gonna train jiu-jitsu or something like that. I respect this game a lot and I’m preparing for a world title fight, in a sense. Because that’s how every fight should be treated. I just feel a little disrespected that people would think that I took this lightly.”
Danis. a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt welcomes the target on his back as he steps into the Bellator cage for the first time..
“If there wasn’t a bull’s eye on my back and there wasn’t questions, who would really care about the fight,” Danis said.
“There’s a lot of guys in this game that have been in it for years — they’re like journeymen or something — and no one really cares about them. So, at the end of day, questions, bull’s eyes, people talking shit, it’s all good. You could put as much pressure on me as you want. But when you’re this good, you don’t feel pressure.”
Danis not only admitted to not knowing much about his opponent, Kyle Walker, but also called his shot for a first round stoppage, even though questions linger about whether or not he can last in the cage.
“I’ve been getting punched in the face for a long time, don’t worry,” Danis said. “I like all these questions. I’ve been getting this a lot, like ‘what’s his stand up gonna be like?’ and all this stuff. But the good thing about MMA is everything gets answered. So, I guess we’ll see. You’ll have to tune in and watch.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting