Out of all possible results for Dillon Dani's professional MMA debut, a victory in the first round was the least.
In Kyle Walker (2-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), Danis (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) picked up a guy whose previous two fights ended with a first-round tap. The road map was right there, courtesy of Bellator matchmakers, and all Danis had to do was follow him in the 175-pound catch-weight fight. With a lateral stance reminiscent of the famous MMA player Conor McGregor, "El Jefe" Danis quickly joined.
The biggest variable in the matchup was how and when Danis would put it on the mat. On this front, he got a taste of working life when Walker exploited his aggressive persecution and beat him with hard left hands. But Danis took her and went on. If you ate a few straight left of McGregor, the other left probably stabbed a little less.
It was not long before Danis entered The Clinch, and once he hit the mat, he was precisely the phenomenon with which he bragged, quickly attacking Walker's legs and securing the seldom-used toe grip.
With his first win under his belt, Danis humbly turned a new leaf. He thanked his training partners and asked the MMA world to forgive his arrogance before the fight, declaring that this was merely compensation for the pressure he put on as a highly prized prospect and McGregor representative felt
Yes, that did not happen] "I said that before I came in – no one has ever seen such submissions in MMA," Danis told Bellator commentator John McCarthy. "I'm too good, this is another level."
On the things he brought to the mat, Danis said, "At the end of the day, I'm a samurai, I came here to die, this one Motherfucker had to kill me, and I gave you a free seminar on how to defeat MMA with Jiu-Jitsu. "
As the audience basked in gratitude, Danis turned his attention to the rest of Bellator's roster. Prior to the event, the 24-year Jiu Jitsu phenomenon promised that he would participate in Viacom's own promotion. After his first win, he was fully recognized for the success of Bellator 198.
"I am the one who created all this," he said. "I've done all the media, I've built this whole map, so all the bums on the rest of the map will call me out now."
McCarthy, unwilling to bite too much, offered, "Well, what we see, "The Danis Effect."
That's certainly a way to describe what we've seen. A lot of arrogance, a lot of boast, some legitimate skills and a lot of persuasion. Sounds familiar.
Even behind the scenes, Danis was the king who prepared for his new court and called for struggles that were not possible at the time. During a backstage interview with Jenn Brown, he called former ONE Championship defending champion Ben Askren (18-0), a man who is looking for a chance at current Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). 19659002] We Can Do a Wrestling Vs. Jiu-Jitsu Showdown does not really hate, and Danis seems to definitely be a better debut opponent for Askren than MacDonald. Only Askren does not yet feel "The Danis Effect" ( via Twitter ):
But as long as Danis follows in the footsteps of "Notorious" in the most important way – that could win – that could change  For a full description of Bellator 198, see the MMA Events section of the website.