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Bellator 222 results: Dillon Danis mauls Max Humphrey, finishes with first round armbar

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Two fights into his fight career and Dillon Danis is living up to the hype so far.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and grappling champion, who came into the spotlight while working with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, wrapped up his second straight submission win with an armbar to put away Max Humphrey at 4:28 in the opening round at Bellator 222.

After his first fight ended in less than two minutes, Danis said following his latest win that he wanted to get a little bit more cage time before finishing his opponent.

“The last one too quick,” Danis said after the win. “This one, I wanted to beat someone’s ass a little bit. I was there to let the hands on him. I just wanted to feel it. You don’t get arrested out there so I was like let’s go, let’s f—king do it.”

It took Danis less than 30 seconds to drop to the ground, grab onto Humphrey’s legs and then bring the fight into his world on the mat. Once Danis secured the takedown, he immediately took Humphrey’s back and began hammering away from the top with a huge barrage of punches.

It appeared Danis might get the finish from strikes but Humphrey survived long enough to endure that onslaught only to then begin fending off submissions. Danis made lightning quick transitions from the rear naked choke into the armbar with Humphrey desperately trying to make his escape.

Finally when Danis broke Humphrey’s hold on his arm, he extended the submission by going belly down on the mat and the tap came a split second later.

Now 2-0 in his career, Danis isn’t hurting for confidence when it comes to his place in the sport as he immediately took aim at a pair of established champions while celebrating his latest victory.

“I said this before, I’m the f—king best in the world,” Danis said. “I said that already and I say it again. Let’s see who gets in here and stops me. Rory [MacDonald], Jon Jones, any of those b—ches, come and get it.”