His Twitter bio is just one word: “icon.”
“It’s kind of crazy,” the four-time jujitsu world champion tells The Post. “Being young and getting this popularity, free things and girls everywhere.”
But despite the 25-year-old’s flashy lifestyle and supersize ego, Danis — a Parsippany, NJ, native who now lives in Chelsea — has been in only one professional MMA fight (against Kyle Walker, in April 2018). He has a second bout at Madison Square Garden against Missouri’s Max Humphrey on June 14.
His career was put on hold last fall, due in part to an incident involving his good friend: former dual-division UFC champion, Conor McGregor.
In October, all hell broke loose at UFC 229, after a match between McGregor and Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, which Danis was watching from the crowd.
Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor — and then, with a flying kick, leapt out of the cage into the front rows, where Danis, a welterweight fighter, stood, and started beating Danis up.
A bystander said the attack came after Danis called Nurmagomedov a “f - - king Muslim rat.”
Danis, who denies uttering the slur, punched back.
Nurmagomedov received a nine-month suspension and a $ 500,000 fine for the incident. Danis got a concussion, a seven-month suspension, a $ 7,500 fine — and notoriety.
“I hit him a couple of times. It was really fun, I won’t lie,” says Danis, whose first fight was a seventh-grade brawl with a schoolyard bully. “If it happened at a club, [I’d] be going to jail.”
‘It’s kind of crazy. Being young and getting this popularity, free things and girls everywhere.’
Despite his sparse fight record, Danis has become well-known thanks to his friendship with McGregor, who announced his retirement from MMA in March.
“You could be 40-0, and no one will know your name,” Danis says. He, on the other hand, is “1-0, and everyone knows my name.”
Even though he hasn’t fought in months, Danis makes a comfortable living. Bellator, one of the world’s largest MMA promoters, signed Danis in 2017; he also has money coming in from jujitsu sponsorships and Instagram posts. “I get a lot of money for just one post, more than most people would make in six months,” he says. “I am very smart and plugged into the game.”
Publicity-wise, that’s true: Danis executed one of his smartest plays back in 2016, when he asked McGregor — with whom he had struck up a friendship on Instagram but never met — if he could come to Ireland and train with him.
McGregor said yes, and the two forged a tight bond. Danis is frequently by McGregor’s side, posting images of them training together or reclining on private jets and in the backs of limos.
The two are so close that Danis bailed out McGregor when he was arrested for using a steel dolly to smash the window of a moving bus full of UFC fighters — including Nurmagomedov — at Barclays Center last April.
“He’s a big brother to me. It’s like getting to watch Muhammad Ali every day,” Danis says of McGregor. “He teaches me that the things you say . . . are important.”
(It seems he’s also taught Danis when to play things close to the vest: The younger fighter had no comment on McGregor’s retirement or an alleged sexual assault investigation of McGregor by Irish authorities.)
Danis has spent the past few months shedding pounds and training for his upcoming fight against Humphrey, who has three wins under his belt. “I train two to three times per day across different gyms in New York, each specializing in different parts of my craft: boxing, Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling and conditioning,” he says. In the final week before the fight, he’ll drop about 10% of his body weight by cutting out all sodium and water-retaining foods, and then sweating water out the night before weigh-ins to shed the final pounds, via saunas or baths, according to his team.
Not that Danis, now dating Instagram model Savannah Montano, is worried.
As far as he’s concerned, he says, Humphrey “is just someone who has to get taken out so I can achieve my dreams. He’s just a sacrificial lamb for me.”