Dillon Danis has finally spoken up about the viral incident that scored a New Jersey bouncer some free jiu-jitsu classes, courtesy of Tom Deblass.
Danis was supposed to be in court today for the disorderly charge. However, he’s had the date postponed as his legal team continues to develop the case. He denies ever telling the bouncer to look him up on Google. In fact, by Danis’ account, it was the bouncer who was being arrogant, with Danis even offering his U.S. Passport for identification,
“The funny thing is, he’s saying I showed him Google images… I showed him my passport, and I showed him my vaccination card. I was like, ‘ Bro, listen. I just don’t have my wallet on me because we were taking pictures.’ I’m in a wedding. I was in a suit, no pockets or anything. He’s like ‘Oh, f—. You think you can do whatever you want. I know who you are.’ I’m like, ‘Bro, there’s no point for this. I’m having one drink with my friend and his family, then we’re leaving.’”
Danis then cleared up the questions surrounding the knee brace that he was wearing during the altercation, stating that his first knee surgery failed and he recently had a second follow-up surgery, with the doctor not permitting any walking without crutches, “So, I’m not allowed to move. I’m standing on the Boardwalk. I would’ve left… And then these guys started being confrontational.
Then, they bring a bunch of the bartenders from inside, and it’s like 9 people, I swear to God, and they surround me…
And I’m in a good mood. I’m out trying to get girls whatever, I’m chilling… And these guys are like, so egotistical. They were just trying to fight me like, ‘You talk all that ****.’ So then, they circle me and I think there’s like 9 of them. So I’m like ‘Yo, just no one touch me and we don’t have a problem. I’m not allowed to move, I’m on crutches.’ And I can’t go into too many details because it’s still under investigation. He’s under criminal investigation, there’s no court yet, we didn’t go to court yet.”
At this point, Dillon says, is when the bar staff became physical with him and the fighting began, “So this one guy keeps tapping me in my head and he’s like ‘Yo, what happens if I do touch you.’ and I was like ‘Come on. Yo. Bro. Stop. I’m trying to have fun, please don’t do that.’ and he’s like ‘Okay, I’m gonna do it again.’ and he keeps tapping me on the forehead. And he’s like ‘what happens if I do touch you. What are you gonna do about it?’ And I was like alright, it’s on.
So then a fight ensued. I can’t move, so I’m on crutches and whatever. Two of them are holding my arms and I’m trying to hit the guy, but they’re all trying to tackle me. Two guys are trying to take me down like a double leg. And I have a brace on, they can’t take me down. Two guys are holding my arms.
Danis says that this was the moment when the bouncer jumped on his back, but Danis was under the impression that he was a police officer, “And then that dude just jumped on my back and they’re like ‘Yo, you’re under arrest. Stop fighting.’ I was like ‘okay, I’m good.’ I’m not gonna fight a cop, i’m not stupid. He’s like, ‘Yo, you’re under arrest. You’re under arrest.’ I was like ‘okay, cool, whatever. I already got what I had to do in. I’m good. We’re all good.’ He’s yelling in my ear, ‘You keep resisting. [Move] your hands and watch what happens.’
Anybody that knows jiu-jitsu or anything, you could see my arms in the air. I’m like, ‘okay, I’m good.’ He’s like ‘you’re under arrest.’ and the crazy part is, it’s like a 300-400 pound dude and I’m 190 and he jumps on my back like that from behind, so I thought it was a police officer. I’m like, ‘Yo, my arms in the air. I don’t know why he’s not arresting me. What the hell is going on?’
Danis says he was only in jail for about twenty minutes, “They let this go right away because the cops are fans and stuff like that. All the cops were on my side. I thought that was a cop… They put me in for like twenty minutes. Cop drove us to another party.”
“The craziest part about that guy is that he wasn’t involved in that whole thing. These guys were trying to take me down. They couldn’t get me down and this friggin’ 400-pound friggin’ fat slob jumps on my back and I’m on one leg… And now he’s walking around like he’s some hard man and s— like that. But he’s in trouble for impersonating an officer, there’s a whole thing, he’s going to court. It will get taken care of.”
Danis responded to the online trash talkers and acknowledged Mike Perry for lending words of support, “Jon Jones is celebrating this and look what happened to him. This m—– f—– is a woman beater. I’ve never put a hand on a woman in my whole life. He’s hitting his wife, his kid called the cops on him. I’m protecting my friends from stupid Jersey Shore bouncers trying to pick on them and Jon Jones is coming after me. Look at Chuck Liddell, same thing just happened to him… The only person that had my back in the MMA community was Mike Perry, and we don’t even know each other. He posted on his story saying ‘what do you want him to fight a cop?’”
For the full interview with Danis, skip to the 1 hour and 34 minute mark of Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” available on YouTube.