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15th Aug 2018

After disrespectful call out, Dillon Danis issues high-stakes challenge to Kevin Lee

"100k cash. Winner takes all."

Ben Kiely

Dillon Danis Kevin Lee

The Dillon Danis – Kevin Lee rivalry just got a bit more interesting.

Dillon Danis and Kevin Lee are more similar than they’re probably willing to admit. They’re both young, confident, hungry fighters with larger than life personalities. So it only makes sense that they don’t get along.

The fact that Dillon Danis is a training partner of Conor McGregor cannot be ignored. ‘The Notorious’ is the biggest superstar the sport has ever seen and he just happens to be in Lee’s division. That fact likely sparked Lee’s comments about Danis on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show. Especially considering Lee has been calling for a fight against Anthony Pettis on the McGregor vs Nurmagomedov undercard.

“When you really look at the true competitors, you really know what’s happening. Conor know. Khabib know. If Conor don’t know then he can ask his boy Dillon Danis.”


Lee claims that he has rolled with the Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu black belt a few times at Robert Drysdale’s gym. According to Lee, they did ‘a little bit of wrestling’ and ‘a little bit of jitz’. ‘The Motown Phenom’ claims that he was ‘tricking off him, hitting reverse triangles and all that.’

“Yeah, we rolled together a few times. Ask him. Ask him. You ask him. Tell Conor to ask him and see if he give you the real of how he feel about me or what happened between us because I know Conor kind of look up to Dillon a little bit. Think he hot shit, he’s all this black belt and all this. Ask him what the real is and see if he tell you the truth.”

Danis heard the interview and wants to give Lee the chance to prove himself. The New Yorker challenged Lee to a jiu-jitsu match to be streamed on Instagram live. Each man would put up 100 Gs in a winner takes it all match.

Unsurprisingly, Lee isn’t backing down from the challenge.

He’s game. He seems more than up for it.

To put that into perspective, Lee earned a disclosed sum of $145,000 for his last fight over Edson Barboza at UFC Atlantic City.