Dillon Danis Says He Was Jumped by 9 Guys At Bar, Not Just Bouncer

Dillon Danis Says He Was Jumped by 9 Guys At Bar, Not Just Bouncer

BJJ black belt and 2-0 MMA fighter Dillon Danis, was recently involved in an altercation in front of New Jersey bar where he was caught on film being chocked by a bouncer who had formal Jiu-Jitsu training.

Danis has a slightly different version of the events than the information that he got out.

Speaking to the MMA Hour, Danis gave his point of view on the events from that ungrateful night. He explained that he went to a bar after his best friend’s wedding but did not have his ID:

“Actually (the bouncer) is under investigation. He might go to jail. It is what it is, and you know the crazy thing about this, is that the guy wasn’t even involved in any of this… Basically what happened is one of my best friends since I was 13 was getting married down the shore… We were all drinking, great time,” Danis said.

“(The wedding) ended at 10 o’clock so we were like okay let’s go to the city. So we were going to go to Manhattan, but he was like ‘Oh a couple of my family members are at this bar down the street, can we just stop there first?’ So I was like alright, that’s fine, whatever… This was place was like the f—king sh—iest place we’ve ever seen in our f—king life…

“We’re on the Boardwalk and we go to walk in and the guy… starts being confrontational and he was like ‘Do you have your ID?’ I was like ‘Bro listen, I was all night.’ Even when you wear a thick suit and you have your wallet in your pocket it doesn’t look good in pictures, you know you have this big square thing in your pocket. So I was like ‘Bro, I’m not going to lie. I’m here, my best friend’s getting married, we’re coming in for one drink,’” Danis continued.

“And the funny thing is he’s saying I Googled myself but I just said this is my age, I showed him my passport and my vaccination card. I was like ‘Bro, I just don’t have my wallet on me because we were taking pictures all day, I was at a wedding. I was in a suit, no pockets or anything.’ And he was like ‘Oh f—k, like you think you can do whatever you want, you think I know who you are.’ I’m like ‘Bro, there’s no point in this. I’m having one drink with my friend, and his family, then we’re leaving.’ And he keeps going, he keeps going, and a bunch of them keep going…”


In an interview given to the Grappling Insider, the bouncer – the same one who held Dillon Danis in a RNC – gave an explanation so as to what happened during the confrontation:

That night I was the doorman working and Dillon and 3 of his friends came to the bar late around 12:30, maybe 1am from a wedding party. That night I caught 2 fake IDs from the wedding party; and around 9pm we closed the upstairs bar to anyone under 21 because it’s more of a club.

So, when Dillion arrived I asked him and his 3 friends for IDs which I got 3; but Dillion did not have an ID. At the time I had no idea who he was and none of the bouncers did either so we denied him entry based on lack of proof of age. Once we told him no, he began to become defensive asking us: “Do you know who I am? Because you and you are going to be fired if you don’t let me in”.

As bouncers at the Jersey Shore, we hear this multiple times a night. We continue to tell him we can’t let him in unless he has an ID and telling him he can go get it or anything else but without a valid ID we won’t let him in. After this a second bouncer came in between us (about 3 feet from Dillion) and told him it’s private property and he can’t stay there. A police officer who was there also told him to leave.
He did not [do that] and when the officer turned away he took a step towards the second bouncer, who put a hand on his chest to stop him from moving forward.

Dillion then slapped his hand away telling him not to touch him. He then attempted to swing on the second bouncer. During the talking and all I was moving behind Dillion Danis. Once he tried to swing on the second bouncer I took him by the neck and brought him to the ground. The other bouncers and bartenders began creating space for me and Dillion; and pushing the other 3 guys back down the ramp near the staircase.
I held him there for about a minute, maybe less, until the police came. Once they were there I flipped Dillion over and assisted the police in arresting him and once he was cuffed I moved away. After he went down the ramp with the police I didn’t really get much after that.