Dillon Danis to return at Bellator 221 vs. Max Humphrey
Bellator prospect Dillon Danis can’t wait to get back inside the cage, and now he knows when that’ll be.
During a Monday appearance on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” Danis announced that he’s booked a fight with Max Humphrey at Bellator 221 on May 11 from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The card is set to air on Paramount and stream on DAZN.
The fight booking, which MMA Junkie confirmed with a Bellator official, is welcomed news for Danis, whose fledgling career was put on hold following the infamous brawl at UFC 229. Following his win over Conor McGregor, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped the octagon fence and attacked Danis, who served as one of McGregor’s cornermen, inciting chaos both on the arena floor and inside the cage.
While Nurmagomedov and McGregor already had received their punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission in January, Danis was left waiting until last month, when he was handed a seven-month suspension and $7,500 fine. Danis’ suspension is retroactive to the Oct. 6 date of UFC 229, making Bellator 221 the first event in which he’s eligible to compete.
Danis (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), 25, hasn’t fought since his highly anticipated MMA debut at Bellator 198 in April 2018. Danis defeated Kyle Walker by toe-hold submission in the first round of their 175-pound catchweight bout.
Danis’ fight against Humphreys also will take place at 175. Humphreys, 30, is 3-2 in his MMA career. He lost his last fight via TKO in just 16 seconds.
The latest Bellator 221 card now includes:
- Michael Chandler vs. Patricio Freire – for lightweight title
- Douglas Lima vs. opponent TBA – welterweight grand prix semifinal
- Pat Curran vs. A.J. McKee
- Jake Hager vs. T.J. Jones
- Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey