Rumors surfaced last week that UFC featherweight Conor McGregor planned to take a year off from MMA after UFC 205, following other rumors that his long-time girlfriend Dee Devlin is with child.
McGregor’s Jiu-Jitsu coach, Marcelo Garcia black belt Dillon Danis, appeared recently on Submission Radio and was asked about the rumor.
“You’ll have to ask him, man,” said Danis.” I can’t talk about that stuff, man. That’s personal. But I feel he’ll keep fighting, in my opinion.”
“He’s going to go down as the best fighter probably in history. So he could do whatever he wants, really. But yeah, I see him fighting. I mean, he already said that he really wants to do the trilogy with Nate. He said that on record, so he probably does have that fight and stuff. But who knows. Maybe he wants to fight Mayweather, stuff like that. There’s a lot of options for him. That’s the good thing about him, you know, he has so many options.”
Danis responded to another recent rumor – that McGregor had been knocked out cold in sparring.
“It was funny because it was actually his rest day,” said the coach. “He wasn’t even in the gym. That was just like a stupid rumor. It came out of nowhere and that really didn’t even happen at all. Not even anything close to that happened. So I don’t understand where that came from, you know, but it’s crazy. That was completely fake. Like, it doesn’t make any sense. I guess just like, the people that report on this stuff need to check their sources.”
“I don’t think that makes any sense, really,” commented Danis. “Because he beat a guy that was a gritty veteran, he’s fought for the title. Nate Diaz is a legend in the sport. Obviously, there’s going to be some little things that he can kind of take away from that fight. Anybody that’s fought Nate Diaz, they could say that they need to improve after. I mean, that was a war, but that’s the way Nate fights. And Conor showed his composure, he showed heart in that fight, he showed everything. So the turnaround isn’t quick, that’s the way that we are. We just go fight and we go right back into it.
“This is Conor’s life, so there’s no… he doesn’t need any downtime. He’s been doing this since he was young and it’s just what he does – he goes out there and fights. He’s the most active fighter on the roster. I mean, he takes fights a couple of months at a time. So this is just how he is and I just think that’s just someone’s opinion. But I’m telling you, Conor will be ready for that day and I promise you he’s going to come out winning.”
“It’s a long twenty-five minutes. It’s the same thing as the Chad [Mendes] fight. Conor can hit you everywhere. He can hit you from bottom, from anywhere really. So it’s a long twenty-five minutes. So I’m very, very confident in Conor to be able to pull this one off. So if he tries to come in and wrestle, it’s fine. We’re prepared for everything, and Conor is going to be hitting him from everywhere.
“So it’s going to be a different game when you’re trying to take someone down over and over again and you’re kind of panicking because the stand-up – because obviously Conor’s way better in the stand-up – so he’s going to be panicking and [trying to] take him down. It’s a tiring situation to be in when Conor’s hitting you from everywhere. So I have a feeling that he won’t be ready for that.”
“I said it before and I’ll say it again, I think Conor’s gonna knock him out cold and that’s my prediction. I feel Conor will put him away 100%.”
“I could see it happening early in the fight, but Eddie’s tough. He’s good at kind of slowing the fight down, the same way he fought Anthony Pettis where he was just shooting in, shooting in. But I feel like Conor will put him away either early or late. I feel like he’ll definitely put him away for sure though, doesn’t matter when.”
Dillon also discussed his plans to enter MMA, which are, charitably speaking, delusional. He called for a fight with Nate Diaz, who has been fighting professionally for a dozen years, is the #4 ranked lightweight in the world, and just made $2,000,000 to show. Danis has never fought.
“It could be soon. I mean, if the UFC offered me that [Nate Diaz] fight, I would do it. So that could be a possibility,” he said of the impossibility. “If that big fight came, I would take it a hundred percent. But I do have my goals I have to accomplish in Jiu Jitsu, so it’s very tricky for me. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do yet, if I’m gonna jump over or not. But if the UFC asks me for that fight, I would take it in a heartbeat. So that’s definitely something that could be possible. But I mean, it could be tomorrow, it could be a year, I don’t know.
“I have a good team around me and I like to make sure I do it right. So yeah, it’s just a matter of timing. It’s definitely going to happen, though, there’s no doubt about it. A hundred percent it’s gonna happen. It’s just a matter of timing right now.”
Danis was magnanimous, saying that Diaz was not the only UFC fighter he was willing to face.
“Yeah, anybody in the UFC, really,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter to me. It wouldn’t matter, so it doesn’t really matter. It could be Nate, it could be anybody. I just want get in there and fight and prove that Jiu Jitsu is still the main martial art in MMA.”
“It’s pretty obvious I would be a grappler, probably like a Demian Maia. I mean, that’s my strongest suit, is Jiu Jitsu. So I would use it to my advantage. But yeah, I really enjoy striking, I really enjoy boxing and kickboxing. So I don’t wanna lay all the cards out yet, but when I get in there, I guess everybody will see what I’ve been working on and everything. So I’m not a stupid guy either. I don’t know what everybody’s like, ‘oh you’re gonna get killed,’ and all this stuff. Obviously, I know what I’m doing, so there’s no reason to think that I won’t be ready. When I get in there, I will be ready.”
“We need another guy to be like Royce Gracie and go out there and dominate everybody – kind of like Demian is doing right now. And I believe that it is possible. A lot of people like to say Jiu Jitsu’s dead and stuff like that, but that’s not true. I think that it’s the most effective and the best martial art there is for MMA. So I will prove that and make sure that Jiu Jitsu still reigns.”