Bouncer Who Choked Out Dillon Danis to Start Training BJJ with Tom DeBlass

Bouncer Who Choked Out Dillon Danis to Start Training BJJ with Tom DeBlass

A few days ago, Dillon Danis became the focal point of the grappling and MMA community yet again – this time for getting choked out by a bouncer at a nightclub and then getting arrested.
According to a report from MMA Fighting, Danis is being charged with disorderly conduct; a crime that carries a punishment of up to six months in jail.

On one of the videos of Dillon’s arrest, you can see the bouncer holding Dillon in a Rear Naked Choke – with hooks in.
He kept him there under total control until the police came to the scene and placed Danis into custody.

If you thought that this was the end of the story… You thought wrong – because Tom DeBlass just announced that the same bouncer is going to start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with him, in his academy!

Guess who starts training with me a Monday? Yes, the unsung hero @chance_3141 that made Dillon tap.
He told me: “Tom i was sick of his mouth, I told him that he’s lucky it wasn’t you, I wasn’t even warmed up yet. This is NJ, and he’s nothing but a blonde bully bozo.”

Chance, you have free training for 1 year at my Academy. Dillon, if you seek revenge it won’t end well. Xo

Tom DeBlass Bouncer


In an interview given to the Grappling Insider, the bouncer 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.