American MMA fighter Dillon Danis has been raised by his mother Nikki Danis. Nikki is of Honduran descent. Reports suggest that she deserves all the credits for Dillon’s professional fighting career.
Dillon was born on August 22, 1993. He was raised in Parsippany–Troy Hills, New Jersey. Details about his father are unknown, however, in late 2022, he posted about the demise of his father. He posted a picture of himself with his father from his childhood. He wrote, “rest easy dad love you.” The post made it seem like he had a good relationship with his father. However, reports suggest that he was raised by his mother alone.
rest easy dad love you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/N4GX7AVbTq
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) October 8, 2022
As a youngster, Danis attended Parsippany Hills High School. He started wrestling there as a freshman and trained in such a dedicated fashion that he used to skip classes as well. According to Daily Record, Nikki used to talk to the administration of Dillon’s high school because of his regularly missing classes. She used to explain and support his dream of becoming a combat sports athlete.
Nikki, on the other hand, is a realtor. She has three children: Dillon, Carol, and Bradon. She looks quite young for her age and her physique could put supermodels to shame. Nikki has a private profile on Instagram that Dillon follows. She describes herself as a “fashionista” and someone who loves to travel. She also has a public profile that has over 13,000 followers.
Nikki Danis is proud of her son Dillon Danis’ MMA career
In 2014, Dillon won the 2014 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship by defeating Mansher Khera and Jonathan Satava. He earned his black belt in April 2015. On May 9, 2015, he made his professional debut against UFC Lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon.
Before, the fight, Nikki described Dillon’s phenomenal attitude. According to Daily Record, she said, “This is exactly where he wanted to be. All these years, he was building up to this moment. … When they’re young, it’s more the ego, but Dillon has a heart, ‘This is what I want. You’re not stopping me.’ He’s become so good. He never had plan B, it’s always plan A, and it’s going to work out.”
Dillon won that bout at Metamoris 6 via submission. In 2016, Dillon earned his fame by joining hands with Conor McGregor and becoming his coach and training partner. He helped him prepare for fights against Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In 2018, Dillon made his own MMA debut during Bellator 198 against Kyle Walker. He won the bout via submission in the first round. He won again similarly in 2019 when he fought Max Humphrey at Bellator 222.
Dillon was then supposed to make his boxing debut against KSI in November 2022. However, that was postponed to January 2023 but Dillon still could not show up for the fight and it was eventually canceled.