Dillon Danis has suffered a catastrophic knee injury that has required multiple surgeries, and his reconstructive surgery failed due to ligament rejection.
He aims to return to combat sports in 2023.
Famous for his trash talk, social media presence, and association with Conor McGregor, Danis has become infamous for his trolling antics since his injury. However, he has yet to return to the octagon.
Grappling promotion Polaris recently revealed that they are expecting Danis to compete for them in the near future. The promotion confirmed his return to submission grappling on their official Instagram page. Danis comes from a grappling background, having secured his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt when he was 21.
Before moving to Bellator in 2018, Danis had a 3-6 record in submission grappling. He suffered a decision loss to top grappler Gordon Ryan at the ADCC 2017. However, his move to MMA initially saw more success. Danis secured a first-round submission win over Kyle Walker with a toe hold at Bellator 198. He then followed up with a first-round armbar submission victory over Max Humphrey at Bellator 222.
Danis’ colorful persona and lengthy absence from the octagon have drawn further attention to his career. Earlier this year, he was set to face popular YouTuber KSI in a boxing match but ultimately withdrew from the event. While there are no signs of Danis returning to MMA anytime soon, he is still technically part of the Bellator roster.
Despite Danis’ controversial reputation and inactivity in recent years, his return will generate a substantial amount of buzz.