Dillon Danis returned to combat sports in October 2022, competing in his boxing debut against Logan Paul which resulted in a loss. This was his first contest since June 2019 in a Bellator event.
Between those appearances, Danis had publicly expressed interest in additional fights but for undisclosed reasons, no bouts were arranged. Following the defeat against Paul, precisely one month later he announced his retirement from competition via social media.
“I’m done fighting. I’m retired. Love you all,” Danis stated. However, Dillon Danis’ declarations should be interpreted cautiously as it remains uncertain if he has permanently ended his career or is seeking attention. According to the jiu-jitsu fighter himself, he has retired from combat sports.
I'm done with fighting. I'm retired. Love you all.
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) November 15, 2023
This announcement came after weeks of attempting to sign with UFC as Danis was recently released from his Bellator contract. But prior to UFC 295, he told The MMA Hour podcast that he would prefer to retire rather than be offered a spot on the Contender Series, so that may have been the proposal made to him.
“I’d rather retire, bro,” Danis said during the live broadcast of The MMA Hour on Friday. “I’m not Sean O’Malley, I’m bigger than him. I have more followers than any welterweight in all of MMA. . Everybody wants to see me in the UFC,” Danis explained. “People think that I just did a boxing match, that my jiu-jitsu isn’t on a different level. I’ll fight Islam [Makhachev] first fight. I’ll fight any of them first fight, I swear. At the end of the day, if I lose, I lose. I could do 155 or 170. [Holland] an easy fight. Give me a warmup. This is too easy. He has no takedown defense and I think I’d submit him in the first round.
Dillon Danis’ professional MMA record currently stands at 2-0, with both victories by submission.