Conor McGregor will be returning to the octagon some time this summer in a clash against Michael Chandler. The twosome is set to coach on TUF season 31.
This is one of the best moves the UFC could’ve made to reinvigorate TUF audiences. TUF has slid a bit in ratings ever since UFC was acquired by Endeavor.
While it’s unknown who Conor McGregor will be bringing alongside him – the BJJ community is already upset that this could be another chance in the spotlight for Dillon Danis.
Danis was once a respected member of the community but has done nothing to deserve respect in close to 4 years. He transitioned into MMA and signed with Bellator, but was sidelined early on his journey and had to spend the next two years recovering from two knee reconstructions.
Gordon Ryan has been using his connections with the UFC to vie for a spot to coach BJJ on TUF.
Ryan’s former teammate, Craig Jones, previously coached on TUF for team Alex Volkanovski and seemingly had a great experience. Jones is currently helping Volkanovski prepare for his huge lightweight title shot.
Meanwhile Danis’ career hit another snag when he was caught posting an NFT ad without disclosing. Not to mention that said ad was a setup from an internet personality pioneering uncovering crypto scams.
Dillon’s issues didn’t end there. During the promotional tour for Bellator 290, President Scott Coker said he’d like Danis to decide to ‘fight or to move on’:
“I talked to his management the other day and I keep asking, ‘What do you guys really want to do?’ I mean, really, it’s up to you guys. We can’t make you come fight, but we also have to have realistic expectations…”
“Look, we are a fight company. You wanna fight, come fight. It’s that simple to me. You already have a contract in place, let’s pick a date, pick an opponent and let’s go. Or let’s move on.”